Kerr Family History
Kerr Name Meaning
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or swampy woodland Middle English kerr ‘brushwood wet ground’ (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed left-handed’. Irish: variant of Carr . Americanized form of German Kehr or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. Scottish: shortened form of Gaelic Mac Gille Chéir ‘son of the dusky lad’ formerly Anglicized in Arran as McGilker.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022