Carns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Scotland, Carns was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Midlothian. The name Carns is also derived from the Gaelic word carn, which means pile of stones, and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns. 
Early Origins of the Carns family
The surname Carns was first found in Midlothian, in the lands of Cairns in the parish of Mid-Calder. "The first of the name recorded is William de Carnys, who appears as a charter witness in 1349. Though this is the earliest mention of the name in record there must have been many of the surname living at an earlier date, as in the latter half of the fourteenth century many individuals of the name are mentioned in documents referring to the adjoining counties of Midlothian and West Lothian. In 1363 William de Carnys and his son, Duncan de Carnys, had a charter of the baronies of Esterquytburne and Westirquitburne from David II. Two years later David de Carnys appears as a bailie of Edinburgh." 
Early History of the Carns family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carns research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1372, 1386, 1395, 1406, 1431, 1455, 1401, 1408, 1418, 1572, 1639, 1665, 1732, 1673, 1743, 1669, 1707, 1703, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Carns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carns Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Carns has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Carns family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carns family to Ireland
Some of the Carns family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carns migration to Canada +
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Carns Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Christian Carns U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 
- Mr. Jacob Carns U.E. (b. 1747) born in Germany from Delaware River, Ulster County, New York, USA who settled in Eastern District, Matilda Township, Dundas County, Ontario c. 1783 he enlisted in 1780 served in King's Royal Regiment of New York 1st Battalion in Munro's Company, married to Elizabeth they had 4 children 
- Mr. Robert Carns U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 
Carns migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Carns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Carns, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828