The ancient Scottish name Cayrne was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Midlothian
. The name Cayrne 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 Cayrne family
The surname Cayrne 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 Cayrne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cayrne 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 Cayrne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cayrne Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Cayrne has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Cayrne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cayrne family to Ireland
Some of the Cayrne 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 Cayrne family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.