Kerlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish name Kerlin claims descent from the O'Connors in Donegal where "Carlan" (from the Irish "carla" meaning a "wool-comb" and "an" meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool") was in Irish O'Carlain or O'Caireallain.
Early Origins of the Kerlin family
The surname Kerlin was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where the name is descended from the O'Connor stem, Kings of Connaught and the family became early associated with the county of Tyrone, and in neighboring counties.
Early History of the Kerlin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerlin research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1738, 1799, 1535, 1568, 1670 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Kerlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerlin Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kerlin revealed many variations, including Carlin, Carling, O'Carolan, Carline, Karlin, Kerling, Kerline, Carlind, Carlynde, Carlyne, Carlyn, Carrlin, Carrling, Kerlynd, Kerlynde, Karlynd, Karline, Kearlin, Kearline, Kearlynd, Carolan, Carrolan, Carolyn, Carolyne, Caroline, Carolynde, Caraline, Carroline, Carlan, Carland, Carlon, Carlone, Karolin, Karolan, Karrolin and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerlin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugh O'Carolan, Bishop of Clogher from 1535-1568. Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer, known for his gift for melodic composition. Born in Nobber, County Meath, his father took a job with the MacDermott Roe family of Alderford House, thereby giving Turlough an education.
By the time he was eighteen, he was blinded by smallpox and by the age of twenty-one, he was given a horse and...
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In the United States, the name Kerlin is the 17,287th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Kerlin migration to the United States +
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Kerlin family in North America:
Kerlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Kerlin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 
Kerlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J Lambert Kerlin, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 
- Wm. Kerlin, aged 26, who landed in America from Derry, in 1892
- Rose Kerlin, aged 6, who immigrated to America from Derry, in 1898
- Bridget Kerlin, aged 1, who landed in America from Derry, in 1898
Kerlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hannah Kerlin, aged 26, who settled in America from Derry, in 1904
- John Kerlin, aged 32, who landed in America from Derry, in 1904
- Sophia Kerlin, aged 29, who landed in America from Derry, in 1905
- Katie Kerlin, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Claudy, Ireland, in 1908
- Catherine Kerlin, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Claudy, Ireland, in 1908
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerlin (post 1700) +
- Scott Kerlin, retired American soccer player
- Mark Kerlin (b. 1962), retired U.S. soccer forward
- Orie Milton Kerlin (1891-1974), American professional baseball player
- Merrill W. Kerlin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 
- John Kerlin, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 4th District, 1824-32 
- J. D. Kerlin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1912 
- Ed Kerlin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928 
- Don Kerlin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936 
- Frank Kerlin, Irish politician
- Kerlin Blaise (b. 1974), former American football guard who with the Detroit Lions from 1998 to 2003
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The Kerlin 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.
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- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html