Kearns Family History

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Kearns Name Meaning

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.

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

Similar surnames: Keane, Keary, Hearn, Kearney, Berns, Kearn, Jeans, Mearns, Hearns

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Kearns Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kearns name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Kearns Family Origin

Where is the Kearns family from?

Kearns Family Occupations

What did your Kearns ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Dock Labourer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kearns. The most common Kearns occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Kearns's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Kearns family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Labourer

  • Dock Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Kearns Historical Records

What Kearns family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Kearns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kearns 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Kearns. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Kearns. For the veterans among your Kearns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kearns Life Expectancy

What is the average Kearns lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Kearns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kearns in 1943 was 23, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kearns

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kearns 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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