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The surname Kayne is an old Irish name that originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain or Mac Cathain. This may be related to the ancient name Cahane, which signifies "Beloved." More likely, the surname came from the name Catháin, made up of the Gaelic "cath," or "battle;" and "án," or "one who;" thus the name referred to "the fighting one."

Kayne Early Origins



The surname Kayne was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster. There were two great septs of Ó Catháin, which were apparently quite distinct: Kane (O'Kane) in Ulster, and Keane in Munster and Connacht. A Gaelic family O'Kane emerged in County of Derry: these were the O'Kanes of Keenaght and Coleraine. The founder of this family, is said to be "Eogan," ancestor of the northern Hy Nials, and son of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A.D. 379. The O'Cathain's came into prominence again in the twelfth century (they appear in the Annals of the Four Masters from 1170 onwards) and were next in command to the O'Neill Chieftans of Ulster. There is historical evidence that Dungiven Priory is the tomb of "Cooey-na-Gal O'Cahan," who died in 1385. They also possessed part of Antrim, ruling from the Castle of Dunseverick, which they held from circa 1000 AD to circa 1320 AD, regaining it again in the mid 1500s. The ruins of Dunseverick still remain.

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Kayne Spelling Variations


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Kayne Spelling Variations



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

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Kayne Early History


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Kayne Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kayne research. Another 448 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Kayne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kayne Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kayne Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kayne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Kayne settled in Virginia in 1654

Kayne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Kayne, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • Mary Kayne, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kayne (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kayne (post 1700)



  • J. J. Kayne, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1912

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Kayne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kayne 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 16 November 2010 at 17:40.

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