US Popularity:11094
Other Origin(s):Dutch, Irish, Yiddish
Meaning:Warrior; Small person; Grain
Kern is a small but mighty name steeped with origins and rustic charm. This masculine title is a surname found in German, Yiddish, Jewish (Ashkenazic), and Dutch, meaning “grain,” often used as an occupational name for farmers. Kern was also applied as a nickname for a person who was considered petite. Hopping from mainland Europe to the Emerald Isle, Kern is a short form of the Irish surname Kerney, with the lively meaning “warrior.” Whether baby has a green thumb or the fierce spirit of a warrior, Kern is a worthy contender.

Kern Name Popularity Data

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