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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Kerner family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Kerner is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a person employed as a "carter" or "carrier," from the German word "kerenere" which means "carrier."

Kerner Early Origins



The surname Kerner was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Kerner Spelling Variations


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Kerner Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Kerner include Kern, Kerner, Kerne, Koerner, Cern, Cerner and others.

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Kerner Early History


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Kerner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerner research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1664, 1730, 1745, 1756, 1768, 1786, 1791, 1800, 1801, 1812, 1813, 1831, 1845, 1857, and 1862 are included under the topic Early Kerner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Kerner in this period include Justis Andreas Christian Kerner (1786-1862), who was a German poet and medical writer born in Ludwigsburg, Wuerttemberg. He was famous for the reports he wrote on the...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerner 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



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Kerner surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Kerner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicolaus Kerner, who arrived in New York State in 1710
  • Nicolaus Kerner, who landed in New York in 1710
  • Anna R Kerner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1749
  • Rosina Kerner, who landed in New York, NY in 1749
  • Wilhelm Kerner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christ Kerner, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Frederick Kerner, aged 22, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Christian Kerner settled in Texas in 1846
  • Hermann Kerner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Heinrich Kerner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerner (post 1700)



  • Robah B. Kerner (1859-1893), American politician, Mayor of Winston, North Carolina, 1892-93
  • Otto Kerner Jr. (1908-1976), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 1947-54; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960, 1964; Governor of Illinois, 1961-68
  • Otto Kerner (1884-1952), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920; Circuit Judge in Illinois, 1927-31; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1939
  • John M. Kerner, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1935-42
  • Edward Kerner Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908
  • E. Kerner, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Forsyth County, 1862-63
  • Marlon Lavalle Kerner (b. 1973), American football cornerback for the Buffalo Bills (1995-1998)
  • Jonathan Kerner (b. 1974), American professional basketball player who played one game for the NBA's Orlando Magic in 1999
  • Jordan Kerner (b. 1950), American film producer, known for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Smurfs (2011) and George of the Jungle (1997)
  • Debby Kerner, American Christian singer, best known as the co-creator of the characters from the Psalty the Singing Psalm Book in the Kids' Praise! series of albums
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Kerner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerner 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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