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The Irish name McCarn has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. Generally, the original Gaelic form of the name McCarn is said to be O Cearnaigh, from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious." However, in some instances, especially the roots of the present day spelling of Kearney, the surname derives from the Gaelic "O Catharnaigh," meaning "warlike."

McCarn Early Origins



The surname McCarn 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 and were a branch of the Ui Fiachrach.

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McCarn Spelling Variations


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McCarn Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McCarn dating from that time include Carney, Carnie, McCarney, MacCarney, O'Carney, Kearney and many more.

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McCarn Early History


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McCarn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCarn research. Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1199 and 1721 are included under the topic Early McCarn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCarn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCarn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCarn 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McCarn family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McCarn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lizzie McCarn, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Mullingar, in 1899

McCarn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary McCarn, aged 1, who landed in America from Ballykellon, in 1905
  • James William McCarn, aged 53, who arrived at New York, in 1918
  • William McCarn, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Thomas McCarn, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Robert McCarn, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1924

McCarn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary McCarn, aged 36, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833

McCarn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert McCarn, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCarn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCarn (post 1700)



  • Louise McCarn, American television writer, best known for her work for Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)

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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: Sustine et abstine
Motto Translation: Sustain and abstain.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    11. ...

    The McCarn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCarn 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 24 November 2013 at 22:05.

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