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KEOHANE Family History

Recorded in several forms including MacKeoghane, Keoghane, Keohane, and Kohane, this is an Irish surname which according to the famous Irish etymologist Edward MacLysaght, is 'peculiar to West Cork'. Our research suggests that the name is clearly a variant of something else, which may be Kinnane, Kinneen, or Keenan. These surnames are believed to derive from the ancient Gaelic word 'cano' meaning wolf cub, although there are some who suggest that it from 'coinin' meaning rabbit. Irish surnames traditionally originate from a nickname for the first nameholder, and it is much more likely that the chief would be called 'wolf' than rabbit! In this case although many Irish records were lsot when the IRA in a fit of madness blew up the Dublic Records Office in 1922, we have fund examples of the name recording in the Port of New York lists for the Irish Famine period of 1846 - 1848...

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