The surname O'Cahan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."
Early Origins of the O'Cahan family
The surname O'Cahan was first found in County Londonderry
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster
. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.
Early History of the O'Cahan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Cahan research.Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early O'Cahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Cahan Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name O'Cahan family name. Variations found include Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Cahan family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl.
late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe in the early years of the Thirty Years War
. McColla, and a cousin by marriage, Manus O'Cahan, were thrown together... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Cahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Cahan family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name O'Cahan: Charles Kane settled in New London Conn. in 1811 with his family; Charles, David, Francis, Henry, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Kane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Cahan (post 1700)
- Echlin O'Cahan (1720-1790), Eachmarcach Ó Catháinor, Irish harper and composer
- Thomas O'Cahan, Irish father of Brigadier General Richard Kane, the British Army General
The O'Cahan 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.
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