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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.

Keaveny Early Origins



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.

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Keaveny Spelling Variations


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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.

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Keaveny Early History


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Keaveny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keaveny research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1270 are included under the topic Early Keaveny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keaveny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keaveny Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keaveny 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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keaveny (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    11. ...

    The Keaveny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keaveny 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 19:50.

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