Kerins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old Scottish surname Kerins was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Kerins family lived in Midlothian. The name Kerins is also derived from the Gaelic word carn, which means pile of stones, and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns. [1]

Early Origins of the Kerins family

The surname Kerins was first found in Midlothian, in the lands of Cairns in the parish of Mid-Calder.

"The first of the name recorded is William de Carnys, who appears as a charter witness in 1349. Though this is the earliest mention of the name in record there must have been many of the surname living at an earlier date, as in the latter half of the fourteenth century many individuals of the name are mentioned in documents referring to the adjoining counties of Midlothian and West Lothian. In 1363 William de Carnys and his son, Duncan de Carnys, had a charter of the baronies of Esterquytburne and Westirquitburne from David II. Two years later David de Carnys appears as a bailie of Edinburgh." [2]

Early History of the Kerins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerins research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1372, 1386, 1395, 1406, 1431, 1455, 1401, 1408, 1418, 1430, 1452, 1454, 1503, 1572, 1639, 1665, 1732, 1673, 1743, 1669, 1707, 1703, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Kerins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerins Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kerins has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.

Early Notables of the Kerins family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kerins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kerins family to Ireland

Some of the Kerins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Kerins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kerins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Kerins, British Convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kerins (post 1700) +

  • John Nelson Kerins (1858-1919), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1884 to 1890
  • Charles M. Kerins (1915-1988), American illustrator and painter, known for his illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, and National Geographic magazine, named one of America's Top 100 Illustrators by the Chicago Art Directors Club in 1956
  • Dorothy C. Kerins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 [4]
  • Charlie Kerins (1918-1944), Irish Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army who was hanged in Mountjoy Prison
  • Alan Kerins (b. 1977), Irish hurler for Clarinbridge and founder of Alan Kerins African Projects


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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