Kern Family History

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Kern Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McCarron. German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kerne ‘kernel’, ‘seed’, ‘pip’; Middle Dutch kern(e), keerne; German Kern or Yiddish kern ‘grain’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a farmer, or a nickname for a small person. As a Jewish surname, it is mainly ornamental. English: probably a metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of hand mills, from Old English cweorn ‘hand mill’, or a habitational name for someone from Kern in the Isle of Wight, named from this word.

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


Similar surnames: Korn, Ken, Kirn, Kerr, Corn, Hearn, Bern, Kearn, Kerl, Kort

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Kern Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kern name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    42%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    16%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    5%

  • European Jewish

    3%

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Kern Family Origin

Where is the Kern family from?

Kern Family Occupations

What did your Kern ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farm Labourer, Ag Laborer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kern. The most common Kern occupation in the UK was Farm Labourer. 6% of Kern's were Farm Labourers. A less common occupation for the Kern family was Annuitant.

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  • Farm Labourer

    6%
  • Ag Laborer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Annuitant

    3%

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

Kern Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Kern. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kern 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Kern. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Kern. For the veterans among your Kern ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kern Life Expectancy

What is the average Kern lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kern life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Kern in 1941 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kern

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kern 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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