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Tiernan Name Meaning

Irish (Westmeath and Mayo): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tíghearnáin ‘descendant of Tíghearnán’, a diminutive of Tighearna, a byname meaning ‘lord’, ‘master’. Compare Tierney, McKiernan. Woulfe believes Ó Tíghearnáin to be a variant of Ó Tíghearnaigh (see Tierney) in both counties.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kiernan, Tierney, Kieran, Dinan, Toran, Riordan, Tivnan, Mctiernan

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Where is the Tiernan family from?

You can see how Tiernan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tiernan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tiernan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 8 Tiernan families living in Quebec. This was about 62% of all the recorded Tiernan's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Tiernan families in 1911.
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What did your Tiernan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Tiernan. 60% of Tiernan men worked as a Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
    60%
  • Farmer
    40%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Tiernan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tiernan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Tiernan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Tiernan. For the veterans among your Tiernan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tiernan lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Tiernan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Tiernan in 1946 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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