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

Keen Early Origins



The surname Keen 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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Keen Spelling Variations


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Keen Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name Keen were encountered in the archives: 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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Keen Early History


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Keen Early History



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

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Keen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keen 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 Keen 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Keen to North America:

Keen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonas Keen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627
  • Joran Keen, who landed in Wilmington, Del in 1643
  • William Keen, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Darby Keen, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Francis Keen, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Keen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Keen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • George Keen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Hugh Keen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • Grace Keen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Jane Keen, who arrived in Carolina in 1792

Keen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Keen, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Bernard Keen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W M Keen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Flen Keen, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • John Keen, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1888
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Keen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • James Keen, English Convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]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 Keen, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"
  • William Keen, aged 24, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • John Keen (aged 25), a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Keen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Keen arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keen (post 1700)



  • Noah Keen (b. 1920), American film and television actor
  • William Williams Keen (1837-1932), the first brain surgeon in the United States
  • Howard Victor Keen (1899-1976), American Major League Baseball player
  • Sam Keen, noted American author, professor and philosopher
  • Lehman McGrath Keen (b. 1983), American-born racecar driver
  • Andrew Keen (b. 1960), British-American entrepreneur and author
  • Robert Earl Keen Jr. (b. 1956), American Texas Country singer-songwriter
  • Patricia Margaret Keen (1933-2013), British actress
  • Ann Lloyd Keen (b. 1948), British Labour Party politician
  • Simon John Cobrin Keen (b. 1987), Australian cricketer
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Keen Historic Events


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Keen Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Percy Edward Keen, aged 28, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15

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Suggested Readings for the name Keen


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Suggested Readings for the name Keen



  • The John Keen(e): 1578-1649 by Archie Timother Keene.

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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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Keen Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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The Keen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keen 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 19 September 2016 at 00:17.

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