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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 Kearns as O Ciarain or Mac Ciarain. These names are derived from the word "ciar," which means "black" or "dark brown."

Kearns Early Origins



The surname Kearns 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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Kearns Spelling Variations


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Kearns Spelling Variations



Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Kearns family name. Variations found include Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.

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Kearns Early History


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Kearns Early History



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

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Kearns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kearns Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kearns 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Kearns:

Kearns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Kearns, aged 23, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1804
  • Elizabeth Kearns, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Kearns, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Nancy Kearns, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Patrick Kearns, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kearns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Kearns settled in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1824 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Catherine Kearns, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Patrick Kearns, aged 32, a miller, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Patrick Kearns, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nicholas Kearns, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kearns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Laurence Kearns, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Anne Kearns, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Jane Kearns, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Emma Marie Kearns, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • Howard Christopher Kearns, aged 11, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kearns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Kearns, aged 23, a bricklayer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mary Kearns, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Kearns, aged 8 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Matthew Doyle Kearns arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Ann Kearns, aged 35, a housekeeper, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearns (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kearns (post 1700)



  • William P. Kearns Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1960
  • William J. Kearns, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1893
  • Thomas Kearns (1862-1918), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1896
  • Timmy Kearns, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 1st District, 1980
  • Philip J. Kearns, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916
  • Mary Lou Kearns, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1986; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 2000
  • Margaret Jenkinson Kearns (1897-1982), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1932
  • John J. Kearns, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 10th Ward, 1956
  • John J. Kearns, American Republican politician, Mayor of Little Falls, New York, 1925
  • John Kearns, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1891-96
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kearns Historic Events


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Kearns Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Florence A.† Kearns (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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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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Kearns Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. 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 Co., 1992. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  11. ...

The Kearns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kearns 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.

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