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Many variations of the name Kerwan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Ciardhubhain, which is derived from the words "ciar" and "dubh," both of which mean "black."

Kerwan Early Origins



The surname Kerwan was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island. The family of ancient Irish extraction have been seated at Blindwell in County Galway from time immemorial. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Kerwan Spelling Variations


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Kerwan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Kerwan that are preserved in archival documents are Kirwan, O'Kirwan, Kerovan, Kyrvan, O'Quirivan, Kirwin, Kerwin, Kerwan and many more.

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Kerwan Early History


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Kerwan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerwan research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1530, 1531, 1534, 1535, 1550, 1551, 1589, 1661, 1642, 1653, 1642, 1650, 1721, 1686 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Kerwan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerwan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerwan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Óge Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1530-1531); Thomas Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1534-1535); Richard Kirwan, Mayor of Galway (1550-1551); Reverend Francis Kirwan (1589-1661), Bishop of Killala, but was later exiled to France; Dominick Kirwin (fl...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerwan 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Kerwan to North America:

Kerwan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Kerwan, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Henry Kerwan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • J. M. Maitland Kerwan, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1895
  • N. Kerwan, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Pat. Kerwan, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerwan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Katie Kerwan, aged 26, who landed in America from County Waterford, Ireland in 1900
  • Roseanna Kerwan, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from County Waterford, Ireland in 1905
  • Lucretia Kerwan, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1906
  • Mary Kerwan, aged 56, who landed in America from Kilkee, Ireland, in 1907
  • John Kerwan, aged 37, who landed in America from Swenton, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kerwan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Kerwan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828

Kerwan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John Kerwan, aged 32, who settled in St John's, Newfoundland, in 1920

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mon Dieu, mon Roi, et ma patrie
Motto Translation: Mon Dieu, mon Roi, et ma patrie.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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The Kerwan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerwan 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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