Kearnan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
The original Gaelic form of Kearnan was Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word "tighearna," which means "lord."
Early Origins of the Kearnan family
The surname Kearnan was first found in County Cavan, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Kearnan family
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Kearnan 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 Kearnan family name include Kiernan, MacKiernan, Tiernan, McKernan, McKernon, McKernin, McKernen and many more.
Early Notables of the Kearnan family (pre 1700)
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Kearnan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kearnan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Patrick Kearnan, (Kernan), (b. 1797), aged 25, Irish ploughman who was convicted in Kidare, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 3rd September 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- Mr. John Kearnan, (b. 1839), aged 24, Irish labourer travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 
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