Updated June 9, 2019

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  • Scottish and northern Irish : topographic or habitational name from Scottish kerss, carse ‘low and fertile land, generally adjacent to a river’, as in Carse of Falkirk, Carse of Forth, Carse of Gowrie, etc. There are also places called Carse in Kirkcudbrightshire and Argyllshire which could have given rise to the surname.