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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.

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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.


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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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  • 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)
  • Brigadier-General Clarence Peyton Kane (1890-1964), American Commanding General Atlantic Overseas Service Command (1945-1946)
  • 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)
  • John Kane (1860-1934), Scottish-born, American painter
  • Art Kane (1925-1995), born Arthur Kanofsky, American fashion and music photographer

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  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. 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.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  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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