Kinane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Kinane is O Cianain.

Early Origins of the Kinane family

The surname Kinane was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Kinane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinane research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Kinane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinane Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Kinane were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Keenan, O'Keenan and others.

Early Notables of the Kinane family (pre 1700)

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


Canada Kinane migration to Canada +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Kinane family in North America:

Kinane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Isabella Kinane, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Euclid" departing 1st June 1847 from Glasgow, Scotland; the ship arrived on 29th July 1847 but she died on board [1]
  • Mr. Richard Kinane, aged 45 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Abbotsford" departing 23rd April 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 21st June 1847 but he died on board [1]

Australia Kinane migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kinane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Pat Kinane, aged 22, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinane (post 1700) +

  • Terry Kinane, American BAFTA Award nominated director, best known for his work on Birds of a Feather (1989) and Goodnight Sweetheart (1996-1999)
  • Kyle Kinane, American actor and writer, known for Epic (2013), Funny People (2009) and Kyle Kinane: Whiskey Icarus (2012)
  • Emma Kinane (b. 1996), English actress, known for her roles in Reservoir Hill (2009), Choice Night (2010) and Spies and Lies (2010)


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)


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