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Tiernan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Tiernan is Mac Tighearnain, which is derived from the word tighearna, which means "lord."

Early Origins of the Tiernan family


The surname Tiernan was first found in County Cavan, at Tullyhunco where the "Annals of the Four Masters" show no fewer than 33 Tiernans. Almost all were Chiefs of Teallach Donnchadha. Despite their high ranking, their exploits were not well documented from 1250-1550. One must presume that they ruled with compassion and understanding and were amiable to their fellow man. The "Mac" prefix of the name is typically spelt "MacTernan" or "McTernan" and is usually found in the Cavan- Leitrim area of Ireland.

Early History of the Tiernan family


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Tiernan 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 Tiernan that are preserved in archival documents are Tiernan, Tierman, Ternan, Kiernan and others.

Early Notables of the Tiernan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tiernan family to the New World and Oceana


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 America. 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 Tiernan:

Tiernan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Tiernan, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island 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)
  • Patrick Tiernan, aged 26, 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)
  • Luke Tiernan, who landed in New York in 1822 [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 Tiernan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1845
  • Patrick Tiernan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tiernan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Tiernan, aged 30, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Mary Ann Tiernan, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Ellen Tiernan, aged 18 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Catherine Tiernan, aged 18 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Eliza Tiernan, aged 27, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Tiernan (post 1700)


  • Michael Joseph "Silent Mike" Tiernan (1867-1918), American Major League Baseball right fielder
  • Cate Tiernan (b. 1961), American writer
  • Tommy Tiernan (b. 1969), Irish comedian, actor and writer, best known for co-starring on the radio's The Tommy and Hector Show
  • Patrick Tiernan (b. 1994), Australian runner, winner of the 2012, Gold Coast Marathon
  • Andrew James Tiernan (b. 1965), English actor from Birmingham, Warwickshire
  • Fergus Tiernan (b. 1982), Scottish former football midfielder from Helensburgh
  • Robert Tiernan, Lawyer and Congressman of Providence, RI
  • David Tiernan Disney (1803-1857), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1849-55 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Tiernan O'Halloran (b. 1991), Irish professional rugby union player

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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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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