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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Kenan is O Cianain.

Kenan Early Origins



The surname Kenan was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Kenan Spelling Variations


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Kenan Spelling Variations



Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kenan revealed many variations, including Keenan, O'Keenan and others.

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Kenan Early History


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Kenan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenan research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Kenan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kenan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kenan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kenan 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



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 Kenan family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Kenan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Kenan, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Kenan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kenan, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Michael Kenan, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1836
  • Thomas Kenan, aged 16, landed in New York in 1854
  • Margaret S Kenan, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Martin Kenan, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1854

Kenan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Kenan, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Kenan Historic Events


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Kenan Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Dr. Owen Hill Kenan, American 1st Class Passenger from Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Kenan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Kenan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenan 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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