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

McKiernan Early Origins



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

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McKiernan Spelling Variations


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McKiernan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname McKiernan that are preserved in archival documents are Kiernan, MacKiernan, Tiernan, McKernan, McKernon, McKernin, McKernen and many more.

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McKiernan Early History


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McKiernan Early History



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

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McKiernan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKiernan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKiernan 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 McKiernan:

McKiernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McKiernan, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802 [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)
  • Michael McKiernan, aged 52, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [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)
  • Pat McKiernan, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1864 [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)
  • Bernard McKiernan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKiernan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKiernan (post 1700)



  • John S. McKiernan (1911-1997), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1947 to 1956
  • Eoin McKiernan Ph.D. (1915-2004), American founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute
  • Dennis McKiernan (b. 1932), American writer best known for his fantasy work The Iron Tower
  • Nancy McKiernan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012
  • John Sammon McKiernan (1911-1997), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1947-50, 1951-56; Governor of Rhode Island, 1950-51; Superior Court Judge in Rhode Island, 1956-
  • Hugh McKiernan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 4th District, 1932
  • Charles Patrick McKiernan (1887-1916), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Canton, 1916; Chungking, 1916
  • James Philip "Jim" McKiernan (b. 1944), Irish-born, Australian politician
  • Catherina McKiernan (b. 1969), Irish long-distance runner world champion
  • Andrew J McKiernan (b. 1970), Australian science fiction writer and illustrator

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  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. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. 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. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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The McKiernan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKiernan 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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