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Origins Available: German, Irish


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

Kern Early Origins



The surname Kern 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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Kern Spelling Variations


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Kern Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Kern are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.

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Kern Early History


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Kern Early History



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

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Kern Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kern Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kern 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



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 Kern family in North America:

Kern Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Kern his wife and two daughters, were among the Palatines, who left Germany for England in 1709
  • Francis Kern, who sailed to America with his wife and two daughters at the age of 30 in 1709
  • Michael Kern came to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Abraham Kern, who took an oath of allegiance in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Abraham Kern, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Kern, aged 10, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Catharine Kern, aged 10, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Eugene Kern, aged 6, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Michael Kern, aged 30, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • Soloman Kern, aged 2, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kern Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julius Kern, who landed in Arkansas in 1903

Kern Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Kern Mattice U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Kern Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Kern, who arrived in Canada in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kern (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kern (post 1700)



  • William P. Kern, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Jersey City, New Jersey, 1936-63 (acting, 1936)
  • William C. Kern, American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1955-62
  • William H. Kern, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860
  • William Kern, American Republican politician, Chair of Marshall County Republican Party, 1969
  • Wayne Kern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964; postmaster at Bedford, Indiana, 1966-82 (acting, 1966-67)
  • Troy Kern, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Texas, 1956
  • Tom Kern, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1972
  • Theresa Kern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004
  • Roland O. Kern (1898-1981), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932 ; Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 40th Circuit, 1953
  • Sally Kern, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 2008
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Kern


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Suggested Readings for the name Kern



  • The Kearns Family by David L. Greene.

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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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Kern Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Kern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kern 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.

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