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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Keon family in Ireland was Mac Eogain in Connacht, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster. Both of these names connote a son of John, or a son of Owen.

Keon Early Origins



The surname Keon was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.

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Keon Spelling Variations


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Keon 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 Keon were encountered in the archives: Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

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Keon Early History


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Keon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keon research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keon 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 Keon:

Keon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Keon, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • J Keon, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Keon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • John Keon, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Joseph Keon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keon (post 1700)



  • John J. Keon, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1932; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1934
  • Miles Keon (1821-1875), Irish journalist, novelist, and colonial secretary of Bermuda
  • Wilbert Joseph Keon OC (b. 1935), Canadian heart surgeon, researcher and former Canadian Senator
  • David Michael Keon (b. 1940), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player
  • Standish Michael "Stan" Keon (1915-1987), Australian politician

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Keon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keon 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 22 February 2016 at 21:36.

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