Kernay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The story of the Kernay family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Kernay family lived on the lands of Cardney in Perthshire.
Early Origins of the Kernay family
The surname Kernay was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.
Cairnie is a parish in Aberdeenshire. "This place once formed part of the lordship of Strathbogie, which was granted to Sir Adam Gordon, by King Robert Bruce, after the defeat and attainder of Cumin, Earl of Badenoch, and was the original estate of the family of Gordon, whose property, since that period, has become very greatly extended." 
Important Dates for the Kernay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernay research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1320 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Kernay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kernay Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Kernay has appeared Cairney, Cairnie, Cardney, Cairnie and others.
Early Notables of the Kernay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kernay family
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Kernay name: John Cairney arrived in New York in 1836.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.