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Mearns Early Origins



The surname Mearns 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. Mel 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 in 1094.

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Mearns Spelling Variations


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Mearns Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mearn, Mearns, Merns, Mairns, Mernes and others.

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Mearns Early History


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Mearns Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mearns research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1401, 1466, 1597, 1745, 1624 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Mearns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mearns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mearns Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mearns 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mearns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Mearns, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Mearns, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mearns (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mearns (post 1700)



  • Sara Mearns, New York City Ballet principal dancer
  • William Hughes Mearns (1875-1965), American educator and poet
  • David Louis Mearns (b. 1958), American-born marine scientist and deep water search and recovery expert, responsible for discovering 21 major shipwrecks including the battlecruiser HMS Hood, awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia
  • Edgar Alexander Mearns (1856-1916), American ornithologist and field naturalist, co-founder of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1883
  • William Mearns, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Buckhannon, West Virginia, 1894-98
  • Martha Mearns, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1940
  • Hugh Mearns, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 1st District, 1879-80
  • Randy Mearns (b. 1969), Canadian former lacrosse player from St. Catharines, Ontario, inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Frederick Mearns (1879-1931), English football goalkeeper
  • Ian Mearns (b. 1957), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Gateshead (2010-)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. 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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Mearns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mearns 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 December 2015 at 01:34.

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