Kerns Family History

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Kerns Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Kearns. Dutch: variant of Kern.

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

Similar surnames: Karns, Kernes, Kern, Keirns, Berns, Kerans, Karnes, Kean, Burns

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Kerns Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kerns name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kerns. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Kerns Family Origin

Where is the Kerns family from?

Kerns Family Occupations

What did your Kerns ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kerns. The most common Kerns occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Kerns's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kerns family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kerns ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kerns Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Kerns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kerns census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kerns. 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 Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Kerns. For the veterans among your Kerns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kerns Life Expectancy

What is the average Kerns lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kerns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kerns in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kerns ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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