Last name: KERN

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KERN : This last name is indexed 351,198 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

KERN : 1: 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 physically small person. As a Jewish surname it is mainly artificial.2: English (southeastern): metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of milk churns from Middle English kern kirn kurn a side-form of chern ‘churn’. Compare Church.3: Slovenian: nickname for a stunted person from an old spelling of krn ‘stunted’.4: Slovenian: possibly also of German origin (see 1 above) used as a translation of the Slovenian surname Žitnik (see Zitnik).

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