The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Caurn. The Caurn family lived in Midlothian
. The name Caurn 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 Caurn family
The surname Caurn was first found in Midlothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Caurn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caurn research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1572, 1572, 1639, 1665, 1732, 1673, 1743, 1669, 1707, 1703, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Caurn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caurn Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Caurn has appeared as Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Caurn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caurn family to Ireland
Some of the Caurn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caurn family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.