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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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  • Carol Kane (b. 1952), American actress who played the wife of Andy Kaufman's character on the television 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. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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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.

This page was last modified on 10 April 2015 at 11:03.

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