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

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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 Keeney are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.

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

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Another 267 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keeney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Keeney family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Keeney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Keeney, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1832
  • Pat Keeney, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Peter Keeney, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Cath Keeney, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1854

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  • William H. H. Keeney, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Great Bend, Kansas, 1878-81
  • Shelley Keeney, American Republican politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives 145th District 2012
  • Sarah Keeney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2004
  • Russell Watson Keeney (1897-1958), American Republican politician, County Judge in Illinois, 1940-50; Circuit Judge in Illinois, 1953-56; U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1957-58
  • Robert L. Keeney Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964 (alternate); Presidential Elector for Connecticut, 1972
  • Robert C. Keeney, American Republican politician, Mayor of Cortland, New York, 1956-59
  • R. Leland Keeney (1883-1963), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1920 (alternate), 1928, 1944
  • Ralph Denison Keeney, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1932
  • Mayro Keeney (b. 1863), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers, 1903-06; Member of Connecticut State Senate 35th District, 1907-08
  • Martin Keeney, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1839

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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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  2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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