The Irish name Keaveny has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Keaveny is "O Gamhna." However, the name was also used as an Anglicized form by the septs of O Caibheanaigh, Mac Conghamhna, and Mac Carrghamhna.
Early Origins of the Keaveny family
The surname Keaveny was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Keaveny family
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Keaveny 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 Keaveny that are preserved in archival documents are Gaffney, Gafney, Gaffeney, Gaffeny, Gafferny, Gaffin, Gaffnay, Gaffny, Caulfields, Keveneys and many more.
Early Notables of the Keaveny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keaveny family to the New World and Oceana
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 Keaveny name:
Keaveny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Keaveny, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania around 1853
- Agnes Keaveny, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Cashterea Co. Doscommon, in 1897
Keaveny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Celia Keaveny, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Roscommon, in 1904
- Bridget Keaveny, aged 30, who settled in America from Templeboy, Sligo, in 1905
- Ellen Keaveny, aged 17, who landed in America from Ballymoe, Ireland, in 1906
- Daniel Keaveny, aged 22, who settled in America from Glenamaddy, Ireland, in 1907
- James Keaveny, aged 22, who landed in America from Williamstown, Ireland, in 1907
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Keaveny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Miss. Ann Keaveny, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ajax" departing 16th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but she died on board 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. 81)
Contemporary Notables of the name Keaveny (post 1700)
- Joseph Keaveny, American Democratic politician from Missouri, Member of the Missouri Senate from the 4th district (2009-)
- Shaun William Keaveny (b. 1972), British broadcaster on digital radio station BBC Radio 6 Music
- Tony M Keaveny, professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley