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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Keens originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain.

Keens Early Origins



The surname Keens was first found in Derry, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Keens Spelling Variations


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Keens Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Keens were encountered in the archives: Cain, Caine, Kane, Kain, Cahan, O'Cahan, Kean, Keane, O'Keane, Ceane, Cean, Kahan, O'Kean, O'Kane, O'Kaine, Kaine, Keann, Cainn, Cainne, Kainn, Cahann, O'Cain and many more.

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Keens Early History


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Keens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keens research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1196 is included under the topic Early Keens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keens Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keens 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Keens family came to North America quite early:

Keens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Keens, who landed in Virginia in 1704

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keens (post 1700)



  • Edward Keens, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Scarborough, 1897-98

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Keens Historic Events


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Keens Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Eric G Keens (b. 1924), English Boy Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Havant, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Keens Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Keens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keens 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 7 October 2015 at 09:44.

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