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


Similar surnames: Korn, Ken, Kirn, Kerr, Corn, Hearn, Bern, Kearn, Kerl, Kort

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Kern Family Origin

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Kern Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Kern occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Kern's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kern family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kern.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Kern Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, Kern life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Kern in 1941 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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