Karn Family History

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Karn Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Kern, a reduced and altered form of McCarron. German (Kärn): variant of Kern.

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

Similar surnames: Kearn, Kern, Carn, Kan, Kain, Arn, Karp, Warn, Kark, Karns

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Karn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Karn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Karn. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Karn Family Origin

Where is the Karn family from?

Karn Family Occupations

What did your Karn ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Karn occupation in the UK was Auctioneer & Land Agent. 4% of Karn's were Auctioneer & Land Agents. Auctioneer & Land Agent, Blacksmith and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karn. A less common occupation for the Karn family was Butcher Employin 2 Youths.

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  • Auctioneer & Land Agent

  • Blacksmith

  • Bricklayer

  • Butcher Employin 2 Youths


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

Karn Historical Records

What Karn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Karn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karn 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Karn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Karn. For the veterans among your Karn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Karn Life Expectancy

What is the average Karn lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Karn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Karn in 1944 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Karn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Karn 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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