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What does Kern mean?

Kern Pronunciation of Kern [kern] as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kern is "small swarthy one". "Kern" is also a term for a lightly armed soldier.

Associated with: irish, small (little), swarthy (dark), soldier (warrior).


Kern has 4 variants: Curran, Kearn, Kearne and Kearns.

Creative forms:
(male) Kery, Korn, ..

(female) Kernna, Kernney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kern Yehuda (K.Y.), ..

How popular is Kern?

Kern is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1162 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only popular variation form of Kern (not in Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 is Curran. This relation of Kern was at the height of its popularity in 1993. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Curran in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kern and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kern is alike in pronunciation to Cairn, Carne, Kairn, Kairne and Keiron. Other recommended names are Bern, Hern, Karny (see Kearney), Kean, Kearny, Keen, Keiran, Ken, Kenn, Keon, Ker, Kerem, Kerk, Kerr, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kieran, Kieren, Kieron, Kiran, Koren, Korin, Kyran, Kyron, Tern and Vern. These names tend to be more frequently used than Kern.

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