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

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The surname Kane was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster.

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


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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.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kane Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Kane, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Kane Settlers in 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 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


Kane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Timothy Kane, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Kane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bryan Kane, aged 28, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Ritchard Kane, aged 22, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Thomas Kane, aged 30, a blacksmith, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast
  • Patrick Kane, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
  • Thomas Kane, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Kane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Kane, a mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Kane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840
  • Michael Kane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Michael Kane, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya"


Kane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • E Kane landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1822
  • Hugh Kane, aged 46, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Kane, aged 42, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Frances Kane, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Kane, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852


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  • William V. Kane, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah
  • William V. Kane (1870-1948), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • William J. Kane, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 7th Circuit, 1959
  • William J. Kane, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
  • William E. Kane, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1938
  • William E. Kane, American politician, Mayor of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1939
  • William B. Kane, American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • William Kane, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 27th District, 1932
  • Wendell L. Kane, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960
  • Walter Kane, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960

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  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. 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).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  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. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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