Last name: Cairns

This interesting surname is of Scottish territorial origin from the lands of Cairns in the parish of Mid-Calder, Midlothian. The name derives from the Old Gaelic "carn" meaning cairn i.e., a pile of stones raised as a boundary marker or a memorial. The surname first appears on records in the mid 14th Century (see below). In 1363, William de Carnys and his son, Duncan de Carnys, had a Charter of the baronies of Esterquytburne and Westirquitburne from David 11, and in 1365 one, David de Carnys, noted in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, was bailie of Edinburgh. William de Carnys was Constable of Linlithgow Castle, and afterwards of the Castle of Edinburgh in 1372. A notable namebearer was Hugh McCalmont Cairns, (1819 - 1885), Barrister of the Middle Temple, 1844; Q.C., 1856; created Baron Cairns, 1867; lord chancellor, 1868, and Earl Cairns, 1878. A Coat of Arms granted to the Cairns family depicts an anchor between three gold martlets on a red shield. A palm tree proper is on the Crest, and the motto "Virtus ad aethera tendit", translates as "Virtue reaches to heaven". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Carnys, which was dated 1349, a charter witness, in the "Records of the Cairns Family", Scotland, during the reign of King David 11 of Scotland, 1329 - 1371. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I am the great grandchild of Ralph Cairns Sr and Emma from northern Scotland. His son Ralph Cairns Jr. married my grandma Geneva and had 4 daughters, one of which was my mom Glenda Cairns. Sincerly, Kellan

My grandmother is a Cairns. She has lived in London, Toronto and Ottawa (all Ontario, Canada).

helen janet cairns
my great grandfather was george cairns and was from newtown in belfast. he went to scotland and married margaret stewart rutherford in 1849. they migrated to australia in november 1849 arrivind in geelong, victoria ,australia in 1850. lived in skipton, victoria where he was the blacksmith. had 12 children, only 1 dying in infancy. had grandfather was charles william, father was lesley robert and i am helenjanet.

Joanne Cairns Margeson
Hello I am a Cairns whose Cairns relatives came from Ireland to Prince Edward Island. We were always told our name and history was Roman Catholic Irish and originally spelled O'Ceiran? Anyone else come across this

Gareth Cairns (Garríe Ó Ceiran)
Hi Jo. I am from Derry in Ireland. Thats exactly my name in Irish.,

Sheila Cairns Robb
Hi all. I am a Cairns in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada & my grandfather Thomas & his brother Hugh came over here from Ireland. County Clo?!?!!?!? something. ( I haven't got the info in front of me right now). I remember hearing something about his uncle or great uncle Bill Cairns who liked his drink, but never met that person.

Desiree Zass - nee Cairns
Hi, my maiden surname is Cairns, born in Cape Town, South Africa. My father was Constant Peter Cairns, born 03.09.23, died 20.08.02. My dad also served in SA Navy around 1944. He had a brother Norman, and sisters - Shirley, Isabella and Bertha. I am trying to find any record of my grandfather, he was William Cairns and my grandmother was Caroline Cairns. I think he was born +- 1888 and died between 1955 and 1960. If I have long lost cousins out there, would like to get to know you.

Jessica Cairns

Hi everyone, My grandparents, Stanley Cairns and Peggy Cairns moved to Winnipeg Canada from Nottingham England in the late 40's early 50's. My Grandfather Stanley was a Glider Pilot in the RAF during WWII and my Grandmother Peggy was a Red cross nurse in the war as well. My father Robert Cairns lived in Winnipeg, Canada from the time he was born, in 1956, until he was 16 and then moved with his family to the Toronto Canada area. I've never met another Cairns before but I find the family history fascinating and the fact that there are so many Cairns' out there amazing :)

Allison F

One of my great great great grandmothers had the maiden name Elizabeth Cairns, her parents were Thomas and Nancy(born Nancy Williams), and Thomas' parents names were Thomas and Agnes Cairns.

Jacob cairns

I'm a cairns and my family originated from Scotland but I was born in Leeds, England. But my grandad before he died got a personal ancestory specialist who found out my family came to Scotland as Vikings in the 9th century and eventually settled in Scotland and became cairns. I live in Scotland now though and it's amazing. But yeah apparently before cairns became a Scottish clan they were Vikings.

Andrew Cairns

I just found a reprint of an old book about the Cairns family on Amazon, A History of the Family of Cairnes or Cairns and its connections, by Henry Cairnes Lawlor. Has anyone else seen this?
A History of the Family of Cairnes or Cairns and Its Connections [H. C. Lawlor] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A history of the Cairns/Cairnes family (McCairns, MacCairns ...