In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use Keren as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name someone who lived in Midlothian
. The name Keren is also derived from the Gaelic word carn,
which means pile of stones,
and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns.
Early Origins of the Keren family
The surname Keren was first found in Midlothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Keren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keren research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1572, 1572, 1639, 1665, 1732, 1673, 1743, 1669, 1707, 1703, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Keren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keren Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Keren has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Keren family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keren family to Ireland
Some of the Keren family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keren family to the New World and Oceana
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.