Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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