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Kearney Family History

Kearney Name Meaning
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Catharnaigh ‘descendant of Catharnach’, a byname meaning ‘warlike’ or ‘soldier’, and Ó Cearnaigh, from cearnach ‘victorious’. Both surnames were widely distributed and are now very difficult to disentangle.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Kearney Families

  • Number of Kearney families
     262 - 521
     88 - 261
     1 - 87
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kearney families
     182 - 361
     61 - 181
     1 - 60
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kearney families
     77 - 151
     26 - 76
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kearney Family Origin

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Kearney Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kearney

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Kearney Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Kearney Civil War Service Records

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