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

Killen Early Origins



The surname Killen 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.

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Killen Spelling Variations


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Killen Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Killen that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Killeen, Killen, Killion, Killian, Killin, Gilin, Killan, Killoon, O'Killen, McKillen and many more.

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Killen Early History


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Killen Early History



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

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Killen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Killen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Killen 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



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Killen, or one of its variants:

Killen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Killen, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Killen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jenkins Killen, who settled in Virginia in 1805
  • Jenkins Killen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Thomas Killen, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • William Killen, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Mary Killen, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Killen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Killen (post 1700)



  • Timothy C. Killen, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dover, Delaware, 1855-61
  • Tennis Killen, American Republican politician, Chair of Logan County Republican Party, 1969-73, 1983; Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 16th District, 1984
  • Marcella Killen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • Ernest E. Killen, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Delaware, 1951
  • Carson K. Killen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 8th District, 1986
  • Pat Killen (1861-1891), American boxer who won 56 of his 62 fights
  • William Doyce "Buddy" Killen (1932-2006), American record producer and music publisher
  • Frank Bissell "Lefty" Killen (1870-1939), American Major League Baseball player
  • Edward Killen (d. 1806), American sailor in the 1800s, eponym of the destroyer USS Killen (DD-593)
  • William Wilson Killen (1860-1939), Irish-born, Australian politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. 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).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Killen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Killen 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 6 October 2015 at 10:52.

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