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The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Ker is derived from the Gaelic name O'Ciarain or O'Ceirin, which itself comes from the Gaelic word ciar, which means black or dark brown.

Ker Early Origins



The surname Ker was first found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where one of the earliest records of a progenitor of the Clan was a John Ker, hunter, resident of Soonhope in 1190 AD. He is believed to have received a grant of land from the Crown and settled in the Border country of Scotland soon after the Norman invasion moved northwards. Within a century, two main branches evolved from two brothers, Ralph and John who lived near Jedburgh in c. 1330. They were both listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as having descended from the Norman Karre. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
The Kerrs of Cessford were descended from Ralph, and the Kerrs of Ferniehurst were descended from John.

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Ker Spelling Variations


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Ker Spelling Variations



The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Ker has also been spelled Kerr, Car, Carr, Ker, Cearr (Gaelic) and many more.

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Ker Early History


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Ker Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ker research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1205, 1264, 1296, 1350, 1553, 1609, 1606, 1570, 1650, 1616, 1578, 1654, 1570, 1650, 1675, 1605, 1675, 1615, 1684, 1624, 1690, 1680, 1741, 1600, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Ker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ker Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ker Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Mark Kerr (1553-1609), of Ferniehurst, who was made 1st Earl of Lothian in 1606; Robert Ker (1570-1650) of Cessford, who was created the 1st Earl of Roxburghe in 1616; Robert Kerr (or Carr), 1st Earl of Ancram (c. 1578-1654), a Scottish nobleman and...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ker Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ker In Ireland


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Ker In Ireland



Some of the Ker family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 North American settlers with Ker name or one of its variants:

Ker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Ker, who arrived in New England in 1685
  • Walter Ker, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Ker Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Ker, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • George Ker, who landed in New York in 1798

Ker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ker, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Ann Blair Ker, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • James Ker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Cessford Ker, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820

Ker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Ker, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Ker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • E M Ker landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844
  • Henry Ker, aged 24, a joiner, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Janet Ker, aged 30, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ker (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ker (post 1700)



  • William H. Ker, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1829-39
  • David C. Ker, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1829
  • Crawford Francis Ker (b. 1962), former American college and NFL professional football player
  • David Ker (1758-1805), American first "presiding professor" (president) of the University of North Carolina
  • William Paton Ker (1855-1923), Scottish literary scholar and essayist
  • George "Geordie" Ker (1870-1880), Scottish footballer in the 1870s and 1880s
  • Robert Ker (1824-1879), Scottish first Auditor General of the Colony and then Province of British Columbia
  • Humphrey Ker (b. 1982), award-winning British actor, writer and comedian
  • Lucas Arnold Ker (b. 1974), Argentine professional tennis player
  • Major Allan Ebenezer Ker VC (1883-1958), Scottish lieutenant in the British Army, who received the Victoria Cross for deeds during WWI

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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: Sero sed serio
Motto Translation: Late but in earnest.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Ker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ker 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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