Origins Available: Irish-Alt
Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Kane originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain.
Early Origins of the O'Kane family
The surname O'Kane was first found in Derry, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Kane family
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O'Kane Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the O'Kane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Kane family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Kane or a variant listed above: Christopher Cain or Cayne who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1639; and died in 1653; he had two sons, Jonathon and Nathaniel; Charles Cain settled in Virginia in 1654.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Kane (post 1700)
- Rear Admiral Richard Hetherington O'Kane (1911-1994), American United States Navy submarine commander in World War II, who received a Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS O'Kane (DDG-77), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer CITATION[CLOSE]
Richard O'Kane. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard O'Kane. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_O%27Kane
- Jake O’Kane, Irish stand-up comedian
- Gerard O'Kane (b. 1984), Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Derry (2005-)
- Deirdre O'Kane (b. 1970), Irish stand-up comedian and actress
- Damien O'Kane (b. 1978), Northern Irish musician from Coleraine
- Gary O'Kane (b. 1970), Irish retired sportsperson who played hurling for Antrim (1998-2000)
- Eunan Charles O'Kane (b. 1990), Northern Irish footballer, member of various Northern Ireland National Teams (2005-)
- Gerard O'Kane. (b. 1984), Irish Gaelic footballer
- Aidan O'Kane (b. 1979), Northern Irish footballer
- William "Liam" O'Kane, Northern Irish footballer
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