Kane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

"This name may be rendered 'warrior' (cath, 'a battle’). The O’Cathains, now O'Kanes, were of the race of Eoghan, who was son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, Monarch of Ireland, who died A.D. 406." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Kane family

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

Early History of the Kane family

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Kane Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kane family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Richard Kane (1666-1736?), Irish brigadier-general, born at Down, Ireland, 20 Dec. 1666, and entered the royal regiment of Ireland -since the 18th royal Irish foot - about 1689. According to the War Office Kane died on 9 Jan. 1737 (Cannon, 9th Foot), and...
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Kane World Ranking

In the United States, the name Kane is the 746th most popular surname with an estimated 39,792 people with that name. [3] However, in Australia, the name Kane is ranked the 655th most popular surname with an estimated 5,976 people with that name. [4] And in New Zealand, the name Kane is the 575th popular surname with an estimated 1,235 people with that name. [5]


United States Kane migration to the United States +

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 [6]
Kane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jeremiah Kane, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767 [6]
  • Cornelous Kane, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1787 [6]
Kane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kane, aged 24, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [6]
  • Isa Kane, who landed in America in 1805 [6]
  • Andw Kane, who arrived in America in 1805 [6]
  • Margaret Kane, who landed in America in 1805 [6]
  • William Kane, who arrived in America in 1805 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Kane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Ritchard Kane, aged 22, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Thomas Kane, aged 30, a blacksmith, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Patrick Kane, aged 25, a gardener, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Kane, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Kane migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Kane, Irish servant who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 21st March 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia then transported on to Tasmania per "Elizabeth Henrietta" [7]
  • Hugh Kane, a slater, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hugh Kane, a mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Kane, (b. 1803), aged 34, Irish solider born in Kildare who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • John Kane, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kane migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E Kane, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1822
  • Mr. Patrick Kane, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [10]
  • Mrs. Margaret Kane, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [10]
  • Mr. Hugh Kane, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Inchinnan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 27th May 1852 [11]
  • Hugh Kane, aged 46, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kane (post 1700) +

  • Rob Kane (1967-2021), American politician, Connecticut Auditor of Public Accounts (2017-2021)
  • Candye Kane (1961-2016), born Candace Hogan, an American singer, songwriter and performer, nominated for four Blues Music Awards
  • Gregory Kane (1952-2014), American Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and political and social commentator
  • Brigadier-General Paul Vincent Kane (1892-1959), American Chief of Operations Group, Plans Section, Army Field Forces (1947-1949) [12]
  • Brigadier-General Clarence Peyton Kane (1890-1964), American Commanding General Atlantic Overseas Service Command (1945-1946) [13]
  • Carol Kane (b. 1952), American actress who played the wife of Andy Kaufman's character on the television show "Taxi"
  • Daniel M. Kane (b. 1986), American mathematician, two-time gold medalist at the International Mathematical Olympiad
  • Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883), American Civil War general and founder of Kane, Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • 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)
  • ... (Another 119 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Kane, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Gladys   Kane (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis William Kane, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Raymond Charles Kane (1921-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
Pemberton Mill
  • Mr. William Kane, (Cain), factory worker in the Pemberton Mill on 10th January 1860 when the mill collapsed trapping 900 workers as rescue attempts continued into the night, an oil lantern was knocked over further engulfing the trapped workers in fire, he died


  1. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Paul Kane. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kane/Paul_Vincent/USA.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Clarence Kane. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kane/Clarence_Peyton/USA.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  16. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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