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The surname Kean originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."

Kean Early Origins



The surname Kean was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.

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Kean Spelling Variations


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Kean Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Kean that are preserved in archival documents are Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.

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Kean Early History


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Kean Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kean research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Kean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kean Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kean Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl. late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe...

Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kean 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



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Kean name:

Kean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Kean settled in Virginia in 1623 along with Richard, her husband

Kean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Kean, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Robert Kean, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Bartholomew Kean, aged 25, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1854
  • Daniel, Dennis, Henry, James, Patrick, Thomas, and William Kean, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Kean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Adjt. Kean William U.E. from Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1785 was an Adjutant for the Pennsylvania Loyalists [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Kean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Kean, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1833
  • Patrick Kean, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1833
  • Mr. Alexander Kean, aged 35 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 36)
  • Mr. Denis Kean, aged 35 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 36)

Kean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Kean, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • William Kean, English Convict from Exeter, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • William Kean, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Biddy Kean, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Bridget Kean, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Kean, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Durham" in 1873
  • Margaret Kean, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Durham" in 1873
  • Donald Kean, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Margaret Kean, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kean (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kean (post 1700)



  • Thomas Howard Kean Jr. (b. 1968), American Republican politician, Aide to U.S. Rep. Bob Franks; Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 2001-03; Member of New Jersey State Senate 21st District, 2003-
  • Thomas Howard Kean (b. 1935), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1968-77; Governor of New Jersey, 1982-90; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • Sean Kean, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • Robert Winthrop Kean (1893-1980), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936, 1960, 1964; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 12th District, 1939-59
  • John T. Kean, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928
  • John Kean, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • John Kean (1852-1914), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1883-85, 1887-89; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1899-1911
  • John Kean (1756-1795), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1785-87
  • James Kean, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 8th District, 1988
  • Hamilton Fish Kean (1862-1941), American Republican politician, Chair of Union County Republican Party, 1900; Member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1905-19
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kean Historic Events


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Kean Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert A Kean (b. 1917), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Workington, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 36)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  7. 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).
  8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Kean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kean 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 22 November 2016 at 09:33.

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