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

Kerin Early Origins



The surname Kerin 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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Kerin Spelling Variations


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Kerin Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Kerin can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.

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Kerin Early History


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Kerin Early History



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

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Kerin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerin 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Kerin name:

Kerin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kerin, who landed in New York in 1854

Kerin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Judy Kerin, aged 18, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • Mary Kerin, aged 25, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
  • Mary Kerin, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • Judy Kerin, aged 21, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Biddy Kerin, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kerin, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • John Kerin, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerin (post 1700)



  • Karen Ann Kerin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont at-large, 2000
  • John Patrick Kerin (1875-1946), American professional baseball umpire
  • Charles M. Kerin (1915-1988), American illustrator and painter
  • John Nelson Kerin (1858-1919), American Major League Baseball player
  • John Kerin (1962-2001), Irish sportsperson
  • Alan Kerin (b. 1977), Irish sportsperson
  • Charlie Kerin (1918-1944), prominent Irish Republican
  • John F. Kerin (d. 2006), Australian physician, Professor of reproductive medicine, and was a recognized innovator in biomedical technology
  • John Charles Kerin (b. 1937), Australian economist and former Australian Labor Party (ALP) politician
  • Robert Gerard Kerin (b. 1954), Liberal Premier of South Australia

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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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Kerin Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 29 August 2016 at 15:25.

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