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The surname Karn 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 Karn likely lived by a notable heap of stones.

Karn Early Origins



The surname Karn 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.

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Karn Spelling Variations


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Karn Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Karn have included Carn, Carne and others.

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Karn Early History


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Karn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karn research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Karn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Karn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Karn Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Karn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Karn were found:

Karn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michel Karn, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Urik William Karn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Margaret Karn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Simon Karn, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • George Jacob Karn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Karn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Karn, aged 29, landed in Missouri in 1841
  • William Karn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • George Karn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

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Contemporary Notables of the name Karn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Karn (post 1700)



  • Dan E. Karn (1890-1969), American Republican politician, President, Consumers Power Company, 1950-60; Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Jackson County 1st District, 1961-62

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Karn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Karn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 13:27.

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