Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Kane originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain.
from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Kane research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1196 is included under the topic Early O'Kane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Kane are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Cain, Caine, Kane, Kain, Cahan, O'Cahan, Kean, Keane, O'Keane, Ceane, Cean, Kahan, O'Kean, O'Kane, O'Kaine, Kaine, Keann, Cainn, Cainne, Kainn, Cahann, O'Cain and many more.