Keane Family History

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Keane Name Meaning

Southern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Catháin ‘descendant of Cathán’, a personal name from a diminutive of cath ‘battle’. Compare Kane. Irish: occasionally an Anglicized form of Ó Céin ‘descendant of Cian’, a personal name meaning ‘distant’, ‘long’. English: variant spelling of Keen. Americanized spelling of German Kühn(e) (see Kuehn).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kane, Keene, Keaney, Deane, Bean, Kean, Kearns, Pane, Kelner, Keune

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Keane Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Keane name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Keane. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


  • France


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Keane Family Origin

Where is the Keane family from?

Keane Family Occupations

What did your Keane ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Keane family was Carpenter. The most common Keane occupation in the USA was Farmer. 11% of Keane's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeps House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Keane.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeps House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Keane ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Keane Historical Records

What Keane family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Keane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keane census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Keane. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Keane. For the veterans among your Keane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Keane Life Expectancy

What is the average Keane lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Keane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Keane in 1943 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Keane ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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