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Kerr Family History

Kerr Name Meaning
English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed’, ‘left-handed’.Irish: see Carr.This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr.

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

2,637,635 Historical Documents with Kerr on Ancestry.co.uk
540,826 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
77,410 Military Records
105,262 Immigration Records
532,018 Census and Voter Lists
1,382,119 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Kerr Families

  • Number of Kerr families
     474 - 945
     159 - 473
     1 - 158
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kerr families
     2,246 - 4,490
     749 - 2,245
     1 - 748
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kerr Family Origin

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Kerr Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Kerr Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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Kerr Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

Kerr census records

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Military Service by Kerr

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