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."
Early Origins of the Kerin family
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.
Early History of the Kerin family
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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.
Early Notables of the Kerin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerin family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Kerin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Kerin, aged 50 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Mary" departing 24th May 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 27th July 1847 but he died on board CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 82)
Kerin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Judy Kerin, aged 18, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
- Mary Kerin, aged 25, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/surge1852.shtml
- Mary Kerin, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
- Judy Kerin, aged 21, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
- Biddy Kerin, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
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Kerin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Kerin, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- John Kerin, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerin (post 1700)
- 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
- Karen Ann Kerin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont at-large, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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
The Kerin 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.