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Kearn Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Kern, a reduced and altered form of McCarron. Americanized spelling of German Kern.

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


Similar surnames: Keirn, Karn, Kern, Hearn, Learn, Kearl, Kean, Gean, Kearns, Near

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Where is the Kearn family from?

You can see how Kearn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kearn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kearn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Kearn families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Kearn's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kearn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kearn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kearn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kearn. 23% of Kearn men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Kearn women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kearn were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    31%
  • Secretary
    16%
  • Waitress
    16%
  • Clerk
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kearn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kearn. For the veterans among your Kearn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kearn lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kearn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Kearn in 1951 was 51, and 62 in 2004.

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