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Origin Of The Surname Keane

Meaning Of The Surname Keane

Descendant of Cathain

Interesting Facts About Keane

Keane is an Anglicisation of the Old Gaelic surname O’Cathain. The prefixed ‘O’ in this name denotes that it is patronymic. Traditionally, Gaelic patronymic surnames were given to pass down the name of a clan chieftain or revered elder. In this case the name being passed down is Cathain, which is said to mean ‘war’. Robbie Keane the Irish professional footballer is a famous bearer of this surname.

Keane Statistics

Keane is the number 1290 ranked surname in the United Kingdom. According to our statistics around 7,986 share the surname Keane in the UK.

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