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

Keener Early Origins



The surname Keener 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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Keener Spelling Variations


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Keener Spelling Variations



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 Keener include 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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Keener Early History


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Keener Early History



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

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Keener Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keener 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 Keener 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



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 Keener:

Keener Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friederich Keener, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Adam Keener, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761

Keener Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Keener, who arrived in Maryland in 1830
  • Thomas Keener, who arrived in Maryland in 1840
  • Timothy Keener, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Mary Keener, aged 21, landed in New York in 1854
  • Francis Keener, who landed in Alabama in 1855

Keener Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Josephene Anna Keener, who arrived in Arkansas in 1900

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keener (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keener (post 1700)



  • W. R. Keener, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 5th District, 1884
  • W. N. Keener, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Lincoln County, 1907-08
  • Reece Keener, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2008
  • Joseph Keener, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Jackson County, 1862-63, 1868
  • Mrs. John Keener, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Dan Keener, American Republican politician, Chair of Rush County Republican Party, 2011
  • Clarence R. Keener, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1949
  • Jason LaRay Keener (b. 1985), American filmmaker
  • Joshua Harry Keener (1871-1912), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Christian Keener (1819-1906), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    11. ...

    The Keener Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keener 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 9 September 2016 at 15:32.

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