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Wiilliam KEAN or McKean b Dublin, Ireland 19C > Michigan , USA

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Re: Looking for information about my family Kean/McKean

Marshall Kean (View posts)
Posted: 4 Apr 2004 11:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Apr 2010 4:12AM GMT
Surnames: Kean, McKean
Dear Renae,

I´m not sure as to where your grandfather´s branch would fit in in the Kean family history but according to Dunkling, the man who did the research on the Kean (Irish) familys, all Keans are related.

We´ll send you more information if we come across anything new.

Sincerely,
Marshall and Elfriede Kean

This information comes from, "Book of Irish Names", Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York

Keane Ó Cathain
Kane

The Keane/Kane family were originally Mac Cathain of West Clare, Ó Cahain of Ulster and Ó Céin of Munster. In time their Anglicization as Keane, Kane, made their topographical origins difficult to define. Their name derives from the personal name Cian.
Blosky O Kane, who slew the heir to the throne in the 12th century, was the forefather of the MacCloskeys, Aibhne Ó Catháin's descendants became the Mc Evinneys.
The Kanes tend to be numerous in Ulster while the Keanes are usually to be found in Munster and Connacht (Ireland).
For centuries, both at home and far afield, the Kanes/Keanes were active military men. In the 18th century there were 14 O Keane brothers serving in Europe.
In the 19th century, Kanes and Keanes were prominent in the sciences, architecture and the arts. The great acting family of Edmund Kean and his son Charles had their origins in Waterford. The popular playwright-publican, John B. Keane, is a Kerryman.
John Keane and James Keane, at different periods, were two of many Irish-Americans who filled the post of Bishop of Dubuque in Iowa, USA.

Cian (m) "ancient", An early Irish name which is still in use today. Kian and Kean are variants. It was occasionally anglicized as Cain.

Cain (m) Hebrew, "smith". The name was used to anglicize Cian, though why the name of such an unedifying Biblical character should have been chosen is something of a mystery. The use of this name is not confined to Ireland. Dunkling notes that he has traced 6 bearers of it.

"Book of IRISH NAMES", Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
marshkean 15 Oct 2002 6:26AM GMT 
gladys heacock 9 Dec 2002 11:48PM GMT 
rkvb4 29 Aug 2003 5:24PM GMT 
Marshall Kean 5 Apr 2004 5:43AM GMT 
mphagank1 23 Nov 2007 4:57AM GMT 
marshkean 25 Nov 2007 7:05AM GMT 
Scism_Jeffery 25 Nov 2007 4:40PM GMT 
mphagank1 21 Dec 2007 9:10PM GMT 
marshkean 29 Mar 2008 5:30AM GMT 
elfriedek1 26 Sep 2012 7:30AM GMT 
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