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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McKeon family in Ireland was Mac Eogain in Connacht, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster. Both of these names connote a son of John, or a son of Owen.

McKeon Early Origins



The surname McKeon was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.

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McKeon Spelling Variations


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McKeon Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McKeon were encountered in the archives: Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

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McKeon Early History


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McKeon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeon research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKeon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKeon 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 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McKeon family came to North America quite early:

McKeon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McKeon, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Ann McKeon, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • William McKeon, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Felix McKeon, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • Pat McKeon, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKeon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John McKeon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
  • Margaret McKeon, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Catherine McKeon, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Mary McKeon, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Elizabeth McKeon, aged 20, a seamstress, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKeon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane McKeon, aged 17, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeon (post 1700)



  • William Henry McKeon (b. 1920), American Democrat politician, Chair of Cayuga County Democratic Party, 1953-65; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960, 1964
  • William H. McKeon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 20th District, 1893-94
  • William D. McKeon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • Richard McKeon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Merle McKeon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • Larry McKeon, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 2002. Gay
  • John W. McKeon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 (alternate), 1956
  • John M. McKeon (d. 1939), American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 32nd District, 1939
  • John J. McKeon (b. 1869), American Democrat politician, Real estate business; Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1909-18
  • John F. McKeon, American politician, Mayor of West Orange, New Jersey, 2007
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McKeon Historic Events


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McKeon Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Jane Mckeon, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm

Other References

  1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The McKeon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeon 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 3 May 2016 at 10:27.

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