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Re: History of Surname
Posted by: devany crippen Date: March 23, 2001 at 15:18:33
In Reply to: History of Surname by Iain Edwin Mearns of 105

although I am not an expert on this matter, I will tell you what I think from what I have read.. the mearns is an area south of Aberdeen and still known as such, but the official name is Kincardineshire. (correct me if I am wrong on this) and I see there is a pretty good web site on 'the mearns' which gives towns, shopping, history etc. etc. The name is an ancient one and from old times it seems there was a pairing of land areas and the Mearns became associated with lands next to it which were Angus.. the whole area being Angus Mearns. It is believed that the mearns are the gaelic Magh circinn the descendants of Corc as Magh means 'the plains of' and circinn means Corc. The spelling also is varied one being Maghgherginn and one can imagine it ultimately to become Marron or maren or other. It seems that Corc was banished from Munster by his father king lughaid.. fled to Alba and married a Pictish princess Mongfinn. Just as an aside here.. there is a town in Tipperary with a gaelic name which means settlement of the mearns.. some have made reference to the name as being an offshoot of mormaer or county official it is tempting but I go with the Munster account.. As to France well the Marne river has all the right letters.. also it is tempting to ascribe a germanic influence with ARN as I have noted a village on the rhine Arnham. There is a Mearns castle and also the old Mearns church, I believe in Renfrewshire, later the name became synonymous with Pollok, probably by marriage or land purchase or something. That is about all I have. There is a pretty good account of the Irish story at

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