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The ancestors of the Kaner family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Kinnear, which lie near Wormit in the county of Fife. The surname Kaner belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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The surname Kaner was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Kaner include Kinnear, Kynnier, Kynnair, Kenneir, Kinner, Kinnier, MacEnir and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaner research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1216, 1296, 1543, and 1574 are included under the topic Early Kaner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kaner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kaner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kaner:

Kaner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Kaner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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The Kaner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kaner 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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