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Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Kieran as O Ciarain or Mac Ciarain. These names are derived from the word "ciar," which means "black" or "dark brown."

Kieran Early Origins



The surname Kieran was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kieran Spelling Variations


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Kieran Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Kieran family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.

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Kieran Early History


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Kieran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kieran research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kieran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kieran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kieran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kieran 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Kieran:

Kieran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Thomas Kieran settled in Philadelphia, PA between 1858 and 1868

Kieran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • B Kieran, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Kieran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kieran, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kieran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kieran (post 1700)



  • Kate Kieran, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920
  • John Kieran (1892-1981), American writer and a radio and television personality
  • Lynne Kieran (1960-2013), British-born Austrian singer, best known for her performances with The Rounder Girls

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Kieran Historic Events


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Kieran Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James W. Kieran (d. 1912), aged 32, English Chief 3rd Class Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Michael Kieran (d. 1912), aged 31, English Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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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: Fidens et constans
Motto Translation: Stand firm on trust.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Kieran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kieran 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 14:57.

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