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The name Kerian was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Kerian family lived in Midlothian. The name Kerian is also derived from the Gaelic word carn, which means pile of stones, and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns.

Kerian Early Origins



The surname Kerian 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.

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Kerian Spelling Variations


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Kerian Spelling Variations



Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Kerian has appeared as Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.

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Kerian Early History


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Kerian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerian 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 Kerian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerian Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerian In Ireland


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Kerian In Ireland



Some of the Kerian 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.

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