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The Irish surname Killeen originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cillin.

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The surname Killeen 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.

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Killeen family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Killeen, Killen, Killion, Killian, Killin, Gilin, Killan, Killoon, O'Killen, McKillen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Killeen research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1981, 1180 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Killeen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Killeen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Killeen:

Killeen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Killeen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Francis and John Killeen arrived in Philadelphia, PA between 1840 and 1860

Killeen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Killeen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Timothy Killeen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • John Killeen, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Killeen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Patrick Killeen arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838
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Killeen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Killeen, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Thomas Killeen, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Thomas Killeen, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Ralph Killeen, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Eliza Killeen, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
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Killeen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Killeen, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
  • Mary Killeen, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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  • Timothy P. Killeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2008
  • Martin Killeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Louis M. Killeen, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 32nd District, 1938
  • Joseph F. Killeen, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Montville, 1901-02
  • Kevin Killeen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1943
  • Joseph A. Killeen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1919
  • James R. Killeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • John F. Killeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1928
  • Henry W. Killeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916 (alternate), 1920
  • Harold T. Killeen, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Walpole, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Walpole, 1956
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    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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