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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)



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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, who landed in New York in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Patk Kernan, aged 24, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Manus Kernan, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Patrick Kernan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Kernan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1831 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [2]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, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Kernan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Amity Hall" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMITY HALL 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850AmityHall.gif

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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. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMITY HALL 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850AmityHall.gif

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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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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