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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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.
Early Notables of the Kernohan family (pre 1700)
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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:
Kernohan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
David Kernohan, aged 22, originally from Belfast, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England
Kernohan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Miss Dorothy Kernohan, aged 3, originally from Toronto, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England
Andrew Kernohan, originally from Glasgow, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland
William Kernohan, aged 47, originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England
John Kernohan, aged 32, originally from Belfast, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England