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

Keaney Early Origins



The surname Keaney 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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Keaney Spelling Variations


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Keaney Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Keaney include 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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Keaney Early History


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Keaney Early History



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

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Keaney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keaney 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 Keaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Keaney:

Keaney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Keaney settled in New York in 1788

Keaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Keaney, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Leitrim, in 1893
  • Mary Keaney, aged 22, who settled in America from Leitrim, in 1893
  • Wm. Keaney, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Patrick Keaney, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Cavan, in 1898

Keaney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Brgt. Keaney, aged 20, who landed in America from Castlebar, in 1902
  • Patrick Keaney, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Gubarsenly, Ireland, in 1904
  • Thomas Keaney, aged 27, who settled in America from Pastry, Ireland, in 1906
  • William Keaney, aged 31, who landed in America from Castleford, England, in 1906
  • Michael Keaney, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Glenfarne, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keaney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Keaney, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keaney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keaney (post 1700)



  • Matthew Keaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888
  • Frank William "Menty" Keaney (1886-1967), American college men's basketball coach, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1960)
  • Brother Paul Francis Keaney MBE, ISO (1888-1954), Irish-born, Australian Christian Brother, headmaster at Clontarf Orphanage, and and Christian Brothers College, Fremantle
  • Conal Keaney, Irish footballer and hurler
  • Brian Keaney (b. 1954), British author in London

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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



    Other References

    1. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    11. ...

    The Keaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keaney 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 6 October 2015 at 13:04.

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