The surname Cerne is derived from the Welsh
word "karn," which means "a pile of stones," such as was often used to mark a burial site. The forebears that initially bore the name Cerne likely lived by a notable heap of stones.
Early Origins of the Cerne family
The surname Cerne was first found in Glamorganshire
(Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Glywysing, 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 Cerne family
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Cerne Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. The most obvious reason was the challenge of translating from Welsh
into English. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Cerne name over the years has been spelled Carn, Carne and others.
Early Notables of the Cerne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cerne family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Cerne: Catherine Carne settled in New York with her husband David and four children in 1842; Jarrick Carne arrived in Philadelphia in 1732; John Carn settled in Barbados in 1678.