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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.
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 immigrated to America from Ireland, in 1894
Mrs. Ellen Keena, aged 31, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Ballmalee, in 1899