Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. The
HOUSE OF NAMES has researched the surname ?Ternes? and has determined
that the name originated (believe it or not) in medieval Ireland.
Apparently the name has undergone a variety of changes over the
centuries and those who still bear the name (or variations of it) are
now scattered across the globe. This Irish connection had been
indisputably established by DNA and the surname could very well have
spread to parts of Europe like France and Germany (rather than ?from?
them) and even more likely, to Australia through it?s long-standing
British and Irish relationships:
?Origin Displayed: Irish
Spelling variations include: Tiernan, Tierman, Ternan, Kiernan and others.
First found in county Cavan at Tullyhunco where the "Annals of the
Four Master" show 33 Tiernans almost all as Chiefs of Teallach
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were:
John Tierman settled in Philadelphia in 1802; John Tiernan settled in
Philadelphia in 1845; also 1850; 1867; and 1880; Patrick Tiernan
settled in Philadelphia in 1846.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)?
HOUSE OF NAMES
To make sure that this was not just a ?shake-and-bake? heritage that
is being sold on the internet for the purposes of establishing some
bogus coat of arms, I researched The Chiefs of Teallach Donnchadha to
see if in fact these names appear in their history?and they do indeed.
So as you can see, it appears that the name surname ?Ternes? has some
direct relationship to Irish ?Royalty?. The Chiefs of Teallach
Donnchadha were very important figures throughout three medieval
centuries from 1250-1550 in Ireland. The name is still found primarily
in the Cavan-Leitrim and can be connected to the northeastern part of
Roscommon in mediaeval times as descendents of ?Tiernan? (Tighearnan
O'Rourke who ruled the land called Teallach Donnchadha anglicized to
Tullyhunco, a barony in the present Co Cavan, Ulster). ?Tiernan? was
the grandson of Turlough Mor O'Connor, King of Ireland. The name is
also spelt in Irish MacThighearnain, which is anglicized MacKiernan.
Today the names have long since dropped the prefix ?Mac? and are
variously known as ?Ternes?, ?Tiernan?, ?Tierman?, ?Ternan?, ?Kiernan?
So, it is this period after the rule of Turlough Mor O'Connor, King of
Ireland and some time following the time of Tighearnan O'Rourke, who
ruled the land called Teallach Donnchadha anglicized to Tullyhunco a
barony in the present Co Cavan, Ulster, that these variations of the
names began to arise and presumably establish their own lineages.
The modern day ?Tiernans?, one of the many variations of the name
?Tighearnan?, the same name from whence the surname ?Ternes? is
derived, have actually established their relationship to ?Tighearnan
O'Rourke? beyond a reasonable doubt through DNA testing.
MCTIERNAN DNA TEST
Since the ?Tiernans? have proven that this is their lineage and it is
a known, recorded fact that the ?Ternes? surname is one of the many
variations of original names, it is only logical that this is origin
of the ?Ternes? surname as well. Presumably the families found today
throughout Europe and elsewhere migrated to these areas from Ireland,
but at the very least it is quite convincing that the name can be
traced to 13th century Ireland but probably no earlier anywhere else
in the world. While there may be another explanation about the origin
of the name in France or elsewhere, I strongly doubt anyone can
dispute this earliest origin that I have shown here (1250 AD) with one
from an even earlier date regardless of the geographical location it
supposedly comes from.
I hope you find that my research exceeds your expectations. If you
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request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating
and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again
in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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