Meaning and Origin of: Kerr

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Small and dark-skinned
  • Celtic : Dark-skinned
  • English : House
  • Norse : Marshland
  • Scandinavian : Serious
  • Gaelic : Small and dark-skinned

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English and Scottish : topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed’, ‘left-handed’.
  • Irish : see Carr.
  • This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr.