Kissane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kissane is an Anglicization of the Irish "O Ciosain," and has often been changed into the more English sounding Cashman where it is typically found in County Cork. However the Kissane spelling is still used in County Kerry, probably due to its distance from English settlements and influence. The root word "cios" roughly translates as "tribute" or "rent."

Early Origins of the Kissane family

The surname Kissane was first found in Counties Kerry and Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

Early History of the Kissane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kissane research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kissane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kissane Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kissane, O'Kissane, Cashman, Guissane and others.

Early Notables of the Kissane family (pre 1700)

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United States Kissane migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kissane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G. Kissane, who landed in San Francisco in 1852
  • James Kissane, who was naturalized in Kansas in 1874
  • Joseph Kissane, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1888
  • Patrick Kissane, who was naturalized in St. Clair County, Illinois in 1894
  • Patrick Kissane, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1894 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kissane (post 1700) +

  • Monsignor Edward J. Kissane DD, LSS (1886-1959), Irish priest, educator and Biblical Scholar
  • Richard Kissane (b. 1868), Irish hurler who played for the Kerry, he won one All- Ireland medal and one Munster medal
  • Paudie Kissane (b. 1980), Irish Gaelic footballer from Cork
  • Eamonn Kissane (1899-1979), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Government Chief Whip (1943–1948)
  • Andy Kissane, Australian writer from Melbourne awarded the Publisher's Cup Cricket Poetry Award, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry and the BTG-Blue Dog Poetry Reviewing prize
  • Dan Kissane, author of children's books


The Kissane Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful nothing is impossible


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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