Karner Family History
Karner Name Meaning
South German: from the dialect term Karner ‘charnel house’ hence a metonymic occupational name for an undertaker. Austrian German and Slovenian: from the Austrian German habitational name Karner for someone from Carinthia (German Kärnten) a duchy of the former Habsburg Empire probably also used as a translation into German of the Slovenian cognate Korošec (see Korosec ). In some cases the surname may also be of different German origin (see above). North German: metonymic occupational name for a peddler who used a handcart or barrow from Karren ‘cart’ + the -er agent suffix. Americanized form of German Körner (see Koerner ). German: possibly an altered form of Garner Gerner . Compare Carner .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022