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
First name variations
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.