Early Origins of the Mearne family
The surname Mearne was first found in Kincardine, where The Mearns was a traditional alternate name for the county on the east coats of northeast Scotland
. Alternatively the name could have been derived from Renfrewshire
where Mearns Castle has stood since the fifteenth century when Herbert, Lord Maxwell under a royal warrant issued in 1449 had the castle built. The castle was restored and is now part of the Maxwell Mearns Castle Church in Newton Mearns, today, the largest settlement in East Renfrewshire
. The name Mearns was derived from Scottish Gaelic "a' Mhaoirne" meaning a stewartry. Máel Petair of Mearns ( fl.
1094) is the only known Mormaer (Scottish: regional or provincial ruler) of the Mearns and once source claims he killed King Duncan II of Scotland
Early History of the Mearne family
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Mearne Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mearn, Mearns, Merns, Mairns, Mernes and others.
Early Notables of the Mearne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mearne family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..