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.
Early Origins of the Kerian family
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.
Early History of the Kerian family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Kerian family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerian family to 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.
Migration of the Kerian family to the New World and Oceana
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.