McKernon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McKernon family

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

Important Dates for the McKernon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKernon research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKernon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKernon Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McKernon family name. Variations found include Kiernan, MacKiernan, Tiernan, McKernan, McKernon, McKernin, McKernen and many more.

Early Notables of the McKernon family (pre 1700)

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McKernon migration to the United States

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 McKernon family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McKernon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis McKernon, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833

McKernon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKernon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Biddy McKernon, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Catharine McKernon, aged 10, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • James McKernon, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Eliza Jane McKernon, aged 5, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Rosamah McKernon, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McKernon (post 1700)

  • John Q. McKernon, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867 [1]

Citations

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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