Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Keenam is O Cianain.
from ancient times.
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Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Keenam were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Keenan, O'Keenan and others.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families
made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Keenam family in North America:
Keenam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Patrick Keenam, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906
- George Keenam, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1923