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The original Gaelic form of Kernan was Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word "tighearna," which means "lord."

Kernan Early Origins



The surname Kernan was first found in County Cavan, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kernan Spelling Variations


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Kernan Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Kernan dating from that time include Kiernan, MacKiernan, Tiernan, McKernan, McKernon, McKernin, McKernen and many more.

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Kernan Early History


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Kernan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernan research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kernan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kernan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kernan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kernan 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 Kernan family in North America:

Kernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Kernan, aged 21, landed in New York in 1802
  • Patk Kernan, aged 24, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • Manus Kernan, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Patrick Kernan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • John Kernan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kernan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. James Kernan who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)

Kernan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Kernan, a blacksmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Kernan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Amity Hall" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernan (post 1700)



  • William Kernan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County, 1833-34
  • Warnick K. Kernan, American politician, Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Michael J. Kernan (b. 1884), American Democrat politician, Investment broker; Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1923; defeated, 1923; Member of New York State Senate 36th District, 1933-34
  • Mary S. Kernan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928
  • Maggie Kernan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2004
  • Joseph E. Kernan (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, 1988-96; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1997-2003; Governor of Indiana, 2003-05
  • James M. Kernan, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 18th District, 1934
  • Francis K. Kernan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932, 1936
  • Francis Kernan (1816-1892), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1861; U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1863-65
  • Edward F. Kernan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)

Other References

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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. 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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  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  10. 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).
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The Kernan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kernan 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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