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Many variations of the name Kerwin 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."

Kerwin Early Origins



The surname Kerwin 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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Kerwin Spelling Variations


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Kerwin Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Kerwin are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Kirwan, O'Kirwan, Kerovan, Kyrvan, O'Quirivan, Kirwin, Kerwin, Kerwan and many more.

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Kerwin Early History


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Kerwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerwin 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 Kerwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerwin 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 Kerwin 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Kerwin family in North America:

Kerwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Kerwin, who arrived in New England in 1770

Kerwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kerwin, aged 24, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1820
  • John Kerwin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854
  • John Kerwin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Kerwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kerwin, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • John Kerwin, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kerwin (post 1700)



  • Patrick H. Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1922
  • Patrick E. Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • Michael W. Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952, 1960, 1964, 1972 (alternate)
  • Mary Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 41st District, 2012
  • Mary A. Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952
  • John Michael Kerwin Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1950, 1954
  • John H. Kerwin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, 1939
  • Jerome Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • James E. Kerwin, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1913
  • Edward J. Kerwin, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1932
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Kerwin Family Crest Products


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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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  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. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Kerwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerwin 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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