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O'Kane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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The surname O'Kane is an old Irish name that originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain or Mac Cathain. This may be related to the ancient name Cahane, which signifies "Beloved." More likely, the surname came from the name Catháin, made up of the Gaelic "cath," or "battle;" and "án," or "one who;" thus the name referred to "the fighting one."


Early Origins of the O'Kane family


The surname O'Kane was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster. There were two great septs of Ó Catháin, which were apparently quite distinct: Kane (O'Kane) in Ulster, and Keane in Munster and Connacht. A Gaelic family O'Kane emerged in County of Derry: these were the O'Kanes of Keenaght and Coleraine. The founder of this family, is said to be "Eogan," ancestor of the northern Hy Nials, and son of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A.D. 379. The O'Cathain's came into prominence again in the twelfth century (they appear in the Annals of the Four Masters from 1170 onwards) and were next in command to the O'Neill Chieftans of Ulster. There is historical evidence that Dungiven Priory is the tomb of "Cooey-na-Gal O'Cahan," who died in 1385. They also possessed part of Antrim, ruling from the Castle of Dunseverick, which they held from circa 1000 AD to circa 1320 AD, regaining it again in the mid 1500s. The ruins of Dunseverick still remain.

Early History of the O'Kane family


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O'Kane Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the O'Kane family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'Kane family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'Kane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Patrick O'Kane, (b. 1850), aged 23, Scottish farm labourer travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Mary O'Kane, (b. 1851), aged 22, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Grace O'Kane, (b. 1873), aged 6 months, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. John O'Kane, (b. 1823), aged 50, Scottish farm labourer travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Bridget O'Kane, (b. 1826), aged 47, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th March 1874 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Kane (post 1700)


  • Rear Admiral Richard Hetherington O'Kane (1911-1994), American United States Navy submarine commander in World War II, who received a Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS O'Kane (DDG-77), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Richard O'Kane. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard O'Kane. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_O%27Kane
  • Jake O’Kane, Irish stand-up comedian
  • Gerard O'Kane (b. 1984), Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Derry (2005-)
  • Deirdre O'Kane (b. 1970), Irish stand-up comedian and actress
  • Damien O'Kane (b. 1978), Northern Irish musician from Coleraine
  • Sean O'Kane (b. 1964), Scottish actor from Cambuslang, Glasgow
  • John Andrew O'Kane (b. 1974), English former professional footballer from Nottingham
  • Gary O'Kane (b. 1970), Irish retired sportsperson who played hurling for Antrim (1998-2000)
  • Eunan Charles O'Kane (b. 1990), Northern Irish footballer, member of various Northern Ireland National Teams (2005-)
  • Dene O'Kane (b. 1963), New Zealand professional snooker player
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ Richard O'Kane. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard O'Kane. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_O%27Kane


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