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In old Records: Agnes B. Hood: August 24, 1946 stated:

	  "In 1540 three Irish tribes, Carnochan, Carnighan and Carnathan
          united for  self-protection and became known are Carnahan.  They
          lived in the North of  Ireland and were seafaring men and very
          war-like.  They were also known for  their large size."

The Dictionary of Scottish Place Names by Mike Darton states:

(pg 68)  "carn  cairn'.  heap of stones'.  humped mountain'
          the genitive form is carin." "-Carnach [Harris; Highland (2)}
          Presumably  Place of Carins (carn-ach) [Carnan-etc]" "-Carnoch
          either     1.) Elided form of Cearnach:  square', four-sided' or
          2.) Plural form of carn, thus  cairns'"

The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght states:

(pg 38)  "(O) Carnahan- A variant of Kernaghan"  
(pg 177) "(O) Kernaghan- O' Cearnachain (Cearnach, victorious).  Now mainly
          found in Cos. Armagh and Antrim."

More Irish Families by Edward MacLysaght states:

(pg 223) "(O) Kernaghan Shown in the mediaeval sept-map in Co.
          Donegal, this name now belongs to Co. Armagh and also adjacent
          parts of Co. Antrim, where it is often spelt Kernohan. Another
          variant Carnaghan, formerly much more numerous than at present is
          phonetically nearer the orginal Irish O Cearnachain (derived from
          cearnach, victorism). (Mac)Kiernan, Kernan In his Ordnance Survery
          letters (Co. Cavan) O'Donovan gives a pedigree of this family. 
          Kernan is a variant.  Senator Fancis Kernana, mentioned in Irish
          Families should be so spelt.  Kernan is also a synonym of

Historic Families (Your Coat of Arms): states:

	  "The Scottish surname Carnahan is of family origin.  Surnames,
          also designated as family names, or alternatively a last name were
          added to a giver, or baptismal name.  This name was in many cases
          inherited and held collectively by members of a family group. 
          Initially surnames identified one by connection to a family member
          foremost being the father.  In this case the name is ultimately of
          Irish origin and is derived from an anglicization of the Irish
          Gaelic O'Cearnachain' which means  descendant of Cearnachan' The
          prefix  O' indicates a grandfather or earlier ancestor while the
          given name is a diminutive of  cearnach' maening victorious. 
          Also, the surname may be a variant of MacCarnochan.  The prefix 
          Mac' means  son of'.  Scotland originally known as Caledonia
          became known as Scotland during the 11th century. The Normans
          reached Scotland as settlers not invaders, soon blending with the
          local population. With this assimilation came change in the form
          of custonms, and laws the Normans brought with them.  One major
          change brought about was the introduction to Scotland of the
          system of nobility. The earliest recorded references to the
          surname Carnahan or a variant appear to be found in Scottish
          documents from at least the 13th century when records show that
          Gilcrist Mac Karnachan was present when the bounds of the Grange
          of Kircwynin were fixed in 1289.  Later references include John
          Acarnechan of Portinkylle who was a follower of Campbell of Lundy
          in 1541.  More recently, there were six references to the surname
          in Kirkcudbright in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Also around this
          time, Father Sean Cahir MacCarnaghan was made a Bishop of Cork in
          1623AD.  The arms described below were granted to the nable
          MacKarnaghan of Fife in 1704 AD."

"Blazon of Arms:    Ermine, two lions passant in pale gules.
Translation:        Ermine is a fur portrayed on the arms as white field
                    with black markings, it's use is always connected with 
                    the nobility, or royalty.
Crest:              A griffin statant gules, wings erect vert.
Motto:              Virtute et fide
Translation:        By valour and faith
Origin:             Scotland"

Irish Names and Surnames by Rev. Patrick Woulfe states:

(pg. 459) "O Cearnacain-I_ O Kernaghan, O Kernan, Carnahan,
          Kernaghan, Kernahan, Kernan, Kernon, &c.;  des of Cearnacan' (dim.
          Of cearnac, victorious0; the name (I) of a Meath family who were
          anciently chiefs of Luighne, now the barony of Lune; and (2) of a
          Tirconnell family who were chiefs of Tuath Bladhach, now angl. 
          Doe, in the barony of Kilmacrenen."
(?)(pg. 689) Clann Chearnaigh, race of Cearnach, (1) a branch of
          Maine, g.v.; and (2) a branch of the Oirghialla (qv.) Of which (O
          Heizniz?) was chief."
(?) (pg.694) "Ui Cearnaigh, dess.  of Cearnach, a branch of the
          Dal gCais of which the Ahernes were chiefs."
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My Carnahan Lineage
Part I
Part II
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Carnahan Bulletin Board Message Index
Carnahan Family Genealogy Forum
Lori's Family Tree
My World As I know It....Updated November 1, 1998
(Nancy CANNON - Roscoe \Ross\ E. CARNAHAN )
(Harriet Minerva CALDWELL - Lloyd CARTER )