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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Keena is O Cianain.

Keena Early Origins



The surname Keena was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Keena Spelling Variations


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Keena Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Keena are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Keenan, O'Keenan and others.

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Keena Early History


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Keena Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keena research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Keena History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keena Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keena Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keena 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



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Keena or a variant listed above:

Keena Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kate Keena, aged 18, who emigrated to America from Ireland, in 1894
  • Mrs. Ellen Keena, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Paul Keena, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Kate Keena, aged 22, who landed in America from Longford, Ireland, in 1899
  • Manuel Keena, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Ballmalee, in 1899
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keena Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Keena, aged 34, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1901
  • Mary Keena, aged 37, who landed in America from Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland, in 1906
  • Teresa Keena, aged 24, who landed in America from Mallingar, Ireland, in 1909
  • William B. Keena, who emigrated to the United States from Ballynacasgy, Ireland, in 1911
  • Mary A Keena, aged 17, who landed in America from Ballymore, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keena (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keena (post 1700)



  • Leo Japathet Keena (1878-1967), American football player and diplomat seriving as United States Ambassador to Honduras (1935 to 1937) and United States Ambassador to South Africa (1937 to 1942)
  • Monica C. Keena (b. 1979), American actress, best known for her role as Abby Morgan on Dawson's Creek
  • Shane Keena, Irish singer-songwriter from Loughrea, County Galway

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. 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).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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    The Keena Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keena 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.

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