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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 settled in Philadelphia in 1850

Kernahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jason Kernahan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Robert G. Kernahan, aged 17, a farm labourer, 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
  • 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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Kernahan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. 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).
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 3 February 2016 at 13:30.

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