The Irish surname Killean originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cillin.
Early Origins of the Killean family
The surname Killean was first found in County Mayo
(Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held territories was at Ballykilleen since early times. This lofty family were the ancient Chiefs of Fingal, Earls of Fingal and Lords Killeen. Saint Kilian, (also spelled Killian) from the Irish: Cillian, was an Irish missionary bishop and the apostle of Franconia. He was born in Mullagh, County Cavan
, and is the patron saint of the parish of Tuosist, in County Kerry
. Saint Kilian's feast day is July 8th and St. Kilian's Abbey, at Würzburg is named after him. Today there are two Killeen Castles in Ireland: one located at Dunsany, in County Meath
, that dates back to about 1180, but today's structure is a restoration of the 19th century after a fire in 1981. It will include a luxury golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The second Killeen Castle is a 17th century castle at Killeen, in Castlegar, County Galway.
Early History of the Killean family
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Killean Spelling Variations
One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the Killean family name include Killeen, Killen, Killion, Killian, Killin, Gilin, Killan, Killoon, O'Killen, McKillen and many more.
Early Notables of the Killean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Killean family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Killean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Killean, who settled in New Brunswick in 1828
Contemporary Notables of the name Killean (post 1700)
- John Killean, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1889-90 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html