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The above are variations of Karn but not limited to these names.


Middle English carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn, from Old Irish.


Turn the clock back about a century usually you will find one or more different spellings of a surname. This is the case with our family name Karns that was Karn before my Grandparents.

In centuries past when most people didn't read and write and those that did couldn't win a spelling bee they were at the mercy of census takers, county clerks, land office clerks.

Names were also changed to make it easier for people of various nationalities to spell when people arrived in America. They became "Americanized".

The name Karn dates back to ancient the ancient Celtic Gaelic people - from Old Irish and or Welsh


Our Great Great Grandfather Alex's parents came from Hessen, Germany per our Uncle Alex - that is what his Grandfather told him. I found census proof on the place his parents came from Germany. I would love to have more information. I read many Irish peoples migrated from Ireland to Germany in the early 1800's as soldiers.

The family name Kern in German means nuclear, core, crux, center, or heart.


About the word and the surname Karn says:

karns - Irish: variant of Kearns - Kearns

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín descendant of Céirín, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar dark, black. English patronymic -s has been added superfluously.


More on Karn

cairn (kârn) n. A mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker. Middle English carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn, from Old Irish.

Karn - Celtic for 'rock.' In time about 6 AD.

cairn - noun - a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

cairn -1535, from Scottish carne, from Gael. carn "heap of stones, rocky hill," akin to Gaul. karnon "horn," from PIE base *ker-n- "highest part of the body, horn," thus "tip, peak"


Carne (karn) is a Welsh variant of the English surname Cairn


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