The original Gaelic form of McKernan was Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word "tighearna," which means "lord."
from ancient times.
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Many spelling variations
of the surname McKernan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Kiernan, MacKiernan, Tiernan, McKernan, McKernon, McKernin, McKernen and many more.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McKernan:
McKernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter McKernan, who landed in America in 1811 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- John, Michael, Patrick, Robert, and William McKernan, all, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1775 and 1860
- Annie McKernan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1898
- Catherine McKernan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, in 1899
McKernan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anthony McKernan, aged 30, who landed in America from Leitrim, in 1904
- Bernard McKernan, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
- Bridget McKernan, aged 19, who landed in America from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1909
- Bella McKernan, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Plumbridge, Ireland, in 1911
- Annie McKernan, aged 42, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1912
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