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Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish

Where did the Irish Kane family come from? What is the Irish Kane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kane family history?

The surname Kane is an old Irish name that originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain or Mac Cathain.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kane, Kayne, O'Kane, Cain, O'Cain and others.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kane research. Another 447 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Kane History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kane Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Kane, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Kane Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jeremiah Kane, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Cornelous Kane, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1787

Kane Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jno Kane, aged 24, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Isa Kane, who landed in America in 1805
  • Andw Kane, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Margt Kane, who landed in America in 1805
  • Wm Kane, who arrived in America in 1805


  • Carol Kane (b. 1952), American actress who played the wife of Andy Kaufman's character on the televison show "Taxi"
  • Art Kane (1925-1995), born Arthur Kanofsky, American fashion and music photographer
  • John Kane (1860-1934), Scottish-born, American painter
  • Robert "Bob" Kane (1915-1998), born Robert Kahn, American comic book artist, creator of Batman, inductee to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (1996)
  • Elisha Kent Kane (1820-1857), American medical officer in the United States Navy, member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin
  • Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883), American Civil War general and founder of Kane, Pennsylvania
  • Daniel M. Kane (b. 1986), American mathematician, two-time gold medalist at the International Mathematical Olympiad
  • Brigadier-General Clarence Peyton Kane (1890-1964), American Commanding General Atlantic Overseas Service Command (1945-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Paul Vincent Kane (1892-1959), American Chief of Operations Group, Plans Section, Army Field Forces (1947-1949)
  • Gregory Kane (1952-2014), American Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and political and social commentator



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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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The Kane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kane Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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