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The original Gaelic form of the name Kernahan is O Cearnachain, which is derived from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious."

Kernahan Early Origins



The surname Kernahan was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kernahan Spelling Variations


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Kernahan Spelling Variations



Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Kernahan that are preserved in documents of the family history are Kernahan, Kernaghan, Carnahan, Carnaghan and others.

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Kernahan Early History


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Kernahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernahan research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Kernahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kernahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kernahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kernahan 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



Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Kernahan:

Kernahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kernahan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1850

Kernahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jason Kernahan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Robert G. Kernahan, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in Taranaki aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernahan (post 1700)



  • Carol Kernahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David Kernahan (b. 1965), former Australian rules footballer, who played with Carlton Football Club (1988-1993)
  • Stephen Scott Kernahan (b. 1963), former Australian rules football player and administrator

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Kernahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kernahan 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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