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Where did the Irish Keown family come from? What is the Irish Keown family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keown family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keown family history?

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Keown 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.

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Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Keown dating from that time include Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Keown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Keown:

Keown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James R Keown, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • Mary Keown, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Keown, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Samuel and William Keown, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1855

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  • Michael Huel "Mike" Keown, American Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives (2008-)
  • Anna Gordon Keown (1899-1957), English author and poet
  • Dale Keown (b. 1962), Canadian comic book artist, known for his work on Marvel's Incredible Hulk
  • Damien Keown (b. 1951), English bioethicist and authority on Buddhist bioethics
  • Martin Keown (b. 1966), former English footballer


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The Keown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keown 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 14 December 2014 at 13:18.

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