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Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Kearn as O Ciarain or Mac Ciarain. These names are derived from the word "ciar," which means "black" or "dark brown."

Kearn Early Origins



The surname Kearn was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kearn Spelling Variations


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Kearn Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Kearn family name include Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.

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Kearn Early History


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Kearn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kearn research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kearn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kearn Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kearn 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kearn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Kearn, aged 37, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Michael Kearn, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

Kearn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Kearn, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
  • Anne Kearn, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearn (post 1700)



  • Clyde Kearn, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 2nd District, 1932

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidens et constans
Motto Translation: Stand firm on trust.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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    The Kearn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kearn 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 13:04.

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