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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kernan

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kernan

Joe Kernan is a Governor of Indiana, and 47th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to 2005. His military service ended in 1974. Joe was born on April 8th, 1946 in Chicago.


His military service ended in 2013. Joseph was born on February 4th, 1955 in Travis Air Force Base.


David was born on June 23rd, 1938.


William F. Kernan is a military person. His military service ended in 2002.


Francis Kernan was a senator. His most notable accomplishments were from 1863 to 1865. Francis was born on January 14th, 1816 in Wayne, New York. He passed away on September 7th, 1892.


Aaron was born in County Armagh.


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Popularity of Kernan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kernan U.S.
  White 91.47% 64.26%
  African American 1.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.07% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.30% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kernan

People with the last name Kernan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Kernan

  • How Popular is the name Kernan? As a last name Kernan was the 9,850th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Kernan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Kernan is Saturday, October 2nd, 1886.
  • How unique is the name Kernan? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Kernan. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Kernan: Your name in reverse order is Nanrek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ekrann. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kernan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,284 people with the last name Kernan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kernan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Kernan as their last name.

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