Kert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kert is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as a worker in brass. The name Kert is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "ceard", which refers to a craftsman, a traveling tinker who repaired pots and kettles, and a worker in brass. The family is believed to have made many of the Highland plaid brooches of brass.

Early Origins of the Kert family

The surname Kert was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kert family

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Kert Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kert has been spelled Caird, Kaird, Kerd, Keard, Ceard, Kerde, McIncaird, McKincaird, Kincaird and many more.

Early Notables of the Kert family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kert family to Ireland

Some of the Kert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kert migration to the United States +

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kerts to arrive on North American shores:

Kert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Kert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
Kert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Natalie Kert, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1901
  • James Kert, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1909
  • Evelyn Margaret Kert, aged 21, who landed in America from Werford, Ireland, in 1912

Canada Kert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kert Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Kert, aged 20, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921
  • Rosaline Kert, aged 30, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1923
  • Edward Kert, aged 31, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Kert (post 1700) +

  • Larry Kert (1930-1991), American actor, singer, and dancer, best remembered for his role as Tony in the original West Side Story
  • Johannes Kert (1959-2021), Estonian politician and military officer, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces from 1996 until 2000
  • Georgy Martynovitch Kert (b. 1923), Russian linguist
  • Christian Kert (b. 1946), member of the National Assembly of France


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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