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The original Gaelic form of McKernan was Mac Thighearnain, which is derived from the word "tighearna," which means "lord."

McKernan Early Origins



The surname McKernan was first found in County Cavan, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McKernan Spelling Variations


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McKernan Spelling Variations



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.

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McKernan Early History


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McKernan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKernan research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKernan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKernan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKernan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKernan 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



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 Ameri ca. 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, landed in America in 1811
  • John, Michael, Patrick, Robert, and William McKernan, all 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKernan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKernan (post 1700)



  • Thomas McKernan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Dover 3rd Ward, 1938
  • Patrick McKernan, American politician, Supervisor of Northfield Township, Michigan, 1860-62, 1863-65
  • John Rettie McKernan Jr. (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1973-77; U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1983-87; Governor of Maine, 1987-95
  • Jerry McKernan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 2004
  • Charles A. McKernan, American Democrat politician, Chair of Oneida County Democratic Party, 1939
  • James McKernan (b. 1945), American educational theorist, Professor of Education at East Carolina University
  • P. Patrick McKernan, American minor league baseball executive, President of the Eastern League from 1974-1982
  • Tim McKernan (1940-2009), American superfan of the Denver Broncos for thirty years, better known as Barrel Man
  • Timothy A. McKernan II (b. 1989), American former competitive ice dancer
  • John Rettie "Jock" McKernan Jr. (b. 1948), American politician, 71st Governor of Maine (1987-1995), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine (1983-1987)
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The McKernan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKernan 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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