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Recorded in the spellings of Kearn, Kern, Kerne,Kerner, Kernes, and Kearns, this is a surname of multiple national origins. Confusingly it can be German, or English-Cornish, and sometimes Irish. Equally it has multiple meanings and derivations. If German and hence Anglo-Saxon (English) it probably derives from the pre 7th century word "gern" meaning desire, and usually found in the early personal names "Gernwin and Kernwin". However the surname can also be locational from the town of Kern in Germany. If Irish and possibly Cornish, the derivation is from the pre 10th century Gaelic personal name "Ceirin" which translates as "The little black one"...

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Joanne CaIrns Margeson

Hello I have Cairns relatives that are Irish Catholic who settles in Prince Edward Island Canada I believe their name may have been misspelled over the years as it should have been Kearns. I’m looking for William Cairns( Kearns) born 1799 died 1859 in PEI. He married Margaret Jackman 1803-1877 Their first child Peter was born inPEI in 1840. I’m trying to locate what part of Ireland the came from


My 4 x great-grandmother was Mary Curran but sometimes written as Kearn(s). She was born in Ireland about 1777 and tried in Dublin for highway robbery with 2 other girls (all dressed as men), then transported to Sydney NSW where she co-habited with Thomas Storer, another convict, and had several children to him. I believe she had 2 sisters, Bridget and Frances (Fanny). She died in Sydney in 1821.


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Good morning from Canada eh! I have been tracing my family tree for a few years and have hit a wall. I have an apparent relative,Simon or Simeon Kearns born in Offaly, King's County, abt. 1810. I have zero luck in finding info. Help would be much appreciated.

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