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Keane Family History

Keane Name Meaning

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

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Keane family from?

You can see how Keane families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keane family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keane families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Keane families living in New York. This was about 47% of all the recorded Keane's in USA. New York had the highest population of Keane families in 1840.
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What did your Keane ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Keane. 14% of Keane men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Keane women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keane were Farmer and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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