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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



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, who landed in America in 1811 [1]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
  • ... (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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  4. 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.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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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