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Kernohan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Kernohan family


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.

Early History of the Kernohan family


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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.

Early Notables of the Kernohan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kernohan family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9B-J26 : 6 December 2014), David Kernohan, 04 Apr 1895; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXK4-DPL : 6 December 2014), Miss Dorothy Kernohan, 23 Aug 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Andrew Kernohan, originally from Glasgow, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J647-MZ5 : 6 December 2014), Andrew Kernohan, 01 Oct 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Kernohan, aged 47, originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZT-C68 : 6 December 2014), William Kernohan, 11 Jun 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John Kernohan, aged 32, originally from Belfast, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D4-QX3 : 6 December 2014), John Kernohan, 07 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9B-J26 : 6 December 2014), David Kernohan, 04 Apr 1895; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXK4-DPL : 6 December 2014), Miss Dorothy Kernohan, 23 Aug 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J647-MZ5 : 6 December 2014), Andrew Kernohan, 01 Oct 1919; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZT-C68 : 6 December 2014), William Kernohan, 11 Jun 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D4-QX3 : 6 December 2014), John Kernohan, 07 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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