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The surname Keene originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."
The surname Keene 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.
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Keene include Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keene research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Keene History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
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 Keene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca.
Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Keene:
Keene Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Keene, who landed in Virginia in 1637
- Eliza Keene, who landed in New England in 1638
- John Keene, who landed in Massachusetts in 1638
- Josias Keene, who arrived in New England in 1638
- Sara Keene, who arrived in New England in 1638
Keene Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Keene, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755
Keene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Keene, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
Keene Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Keene, who arrived in Quebec in 1826
Keene Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Keene arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849
- Winnifred Keene, aged 22, a house servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
Keene Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Keene, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
- M. Keene arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
- William K. Keene, American Republican politician, Mayor of Belfast, Maine, 1916
- S. W. Keene, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Luzerne County, 1870-71
- Samuel B. Keene, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1936
- Nat M. Keene, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956
- Joseph R. Keene, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, 1979-81
- Jack E. Keene, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Genesee County 1st District, 1961
- Frederick E. Keene (b. 1860), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1907-09
- Francis Bowler Keene (b. 1856), American politician, U.S. Consul in Florence, 1903-05; Geneva, 1905-15; U.S. Consul General in Zurich, 1915-17; Rome, 1917-24
- David Keene, American politician, Mayor of Carbondale, Illinois, 1969
- Charles H. Keene, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 3rd District, 1935; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1952, 1956, 1960
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 mitisMotto Translation:
A stroked cat is gentle.
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The Keene Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keene 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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