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."
Early Origins of the Kearn family
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.
Early History of the Kearn family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Kearn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kearn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kearn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Kearn, aged 37, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
- Michael Kearn, aged 30, a farmer, who 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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
- Anne Kearn, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Kearn 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.