When Adam Billings Kern, Sr was born on 2 June 1762, in Rowan, North Carolina, British Colonial America, his father, Leonard Conrad Kern, was 30 and his mother, Mary Magdaline Billings, was 26. He married Mary Lay in 1785, in Iredell, North Carolina, United States. He died on 24 May 1838, in Stanford, Van Buren Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States.
German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kerne ‘kernel, seed, pip’; Middle Dutch kern(e), keerne; German Kern or Yiddish kern ‘grain’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a farmer, or a nickname for a physically small person. As a Jewish surname, it is mainly artificial.
English (southeastern): metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of milk churns, from Middle English kern, kirn, kurn, a side-form of chern ‘churn’. Compare Church .
Slovenian: nickname for a stunted person, from an old spelling of krn ‘stunted’.