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Kern Family History

Kern Name Meaning
Irish: reduced form of McCarron.German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kerne ‘kernel’, ‘seed’, ‘pip’; Middle Dutch kern(e), keerne; German Kern or Yiddish kern ‘grain’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a farmer, or a nickname for a small person. As a Jewish surname, it is mainly ornamental.English: probably a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hand mills, from Old English cweorn ‘hand mill’, or a habitational name for someone from Kern in the Isle of Wight, named from this word.

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

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Name Distribution of Kern Families

  • Number of Kern families
     334 - 666
     112 - 333
     1 - 111
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kern families
     26 - 49
     9 - 25
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kern families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kern Family Origin

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Kern Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kern

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Kern Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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