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Early Origins of the Kayne family
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.
Early History of the Kayne family
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Kayne Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kane, Kayne, O'Kane, Cain, O'Cain and others.
Early Notables of the Kayne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kayne family to the New World and Oceana
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Kayne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Kayne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Kayne (post 1700)
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