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The original Gaelic form of the name Kernohan is O Cearnachain, which is derived from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious."

Kernohan Early Origins



The surname Kernohan 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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Kernohan Spelling Variations


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Kernohan Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name Kernohan family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Kernahan, Kernaghan, Carnahan, Carnaghan and others.

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Kernohan Early History


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Kernohan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kernohan research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Kernohan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kernohan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kernohan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kernohan 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



The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Kernohan: Alexander Kernaghan who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830; along with John (1840) and William(1856); Thomas Kernahan settled in Philadelphia in 1850.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernohan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kernohan (post 1700)



  • James Watson Kernohan (1896-1981), Irish-born, American pathologist, eponym of the Kernohan's notch
  • Hugh Kernohan (1958-1988), British fencer at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Roxane Bridget Kernohan (1960-1993), Canadian actress
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Kernohan (1939-2004), Australian politician, Member for Camden in the Parliament of New South Wales (1991–2003)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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    The Kernohan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kernohan 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 11 December 2014 at 13:54.

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