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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.

Kerins Early Origins



The surname Kerins 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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Kerins Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kerins Early History


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Kerins Early History



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

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Kerins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerins Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Kerins In Ireland


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Kerins In Ireland



Some of the Kerins 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



Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerins (post 1700)


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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 Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Kerins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerins 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 28 April 2016 at 08:30.

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