Keene


Keene
This interesting surname with variant spellings, Kean, Keane, Kane, Keen, Keene etc., may be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic O' Cathain "descendant of Cathan", a personal name from a diminutive of "Cath" meaning "battle". Secondly, it may be a nickname for a brave or proud person deriving from the middle English "kene", old English pre 7th Century "cene". Thirdly, it may have derived from the Middle English given name Kene, a short form of any of the various old English pre 7th Century personal names with the first element "cene" or "cyne" "royal" (from "Cyning" meaning "chieftain", "king"). Finally, it may be an Anglicized form of the Scottish name Mac Eoin "son of Eoin", a variant of the personal name Eoin meaning "John". The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below). London church records include one Agnes Keene who married Thomas Gryffyn on February 17th 1576 at St. Gregory by St. Paul, and Hester, daughter of John Keane was christened on February 16th 1590 at St. Bartholomew's, Exchange. One Joanna Keane, aged 20 yrs., a famine emigrant sailed from Cork aboard the "Adirondack", bound for New York on April 11th 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam Kene, which was dated 1207, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Keene — may refer to the following: Places ;In Canada * Keene, Ontario, a small community in Ontario, Canada;In the United States: * Keene, California, a census designated place (CDP) in Kern County * Keene, New Hampshire, county seat of Cheshire County… …   Wikipedia

  • Keene — heißen folgende Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Keene (Kalifornien) Keene (Kentucky) Keene (New Hampshire) Keene (New York) Keene (North Dakota) Keene (Ohio) Keene (Texas) Keene (Virginia) diverse Keene Townships in Kanada: Keene (Ontario) Keene …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Keene — Keene, NH U.S. city in New Hampshire Population (2000): 22563 Housing Units (2000): 9295 Land area (2000): 37.306504 sq. miles (96.623397 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.254132 sq. miles (0.658200 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.560636 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Keene, CA — U.S. Census Designated Place in California Population (2000): 339 Housing Units (2000): 177 Land area (2000): 9.740714 sq. miles (25.228332 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.740714 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Keene, NH — U.S. city in New Hampshire Population (2000): 22563 Housing Units (2000): 9295 Land area (2000): 37.306504 sq. miles (96.623397 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.254132 sq. miles (0.658200 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.560636 sq. miles (97.281597 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Keene, TX — U.S. city in Texas Population (2000): 5003 Housing Units (2000): 1772 Land area (2000): 2.805669 sq. miles (7.266650 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.011751 sq. miles (0.030436 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.817420 sq. miles (7.297086 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Keene — (spr. Kihn), 1) Hauptstadt der Grafschaft Cheshire im Staate New Hampshire (Nordamerika), am Ashuelot River u. an der Verbindung der Cheshire Eisenbahn mit der Connecticut River Eisenbahn, 5 Kirchen, 2 Banken, 3 Zeitungen, mehre Schulen, Fabriken …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Keene — (spr. kīn), Hauptstadt der Grafschaft Cheshire des nordamerikan. Staats New Hampshire, am Ashuelot, Bahnknotenpunkt, mit Fabriken für Holzwaren, Schuhwerk und (1900) 9165 Einw …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Keene —   [kiːn],    1) Charles Samuel, britischer Grafiker und Karikaturist, * London 10. 8. 1823, ✝ ebenda 4. 1. 1891; er war u. a. für die »Illustrated London News« (1847) und ab 1851 für den »Punch« tätig, zu dessen bedeutendsten Mitarbeitern er… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Keene — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Personnalités Christopher J. Keene est un acteur américain. Day Keene est un écrivain américain. Elodie Keene (1948 ) est une réalisatrice américaine.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Keene — /keen/, n. a city in SW New Hampshire. 21,449. * * * ▪ New Hampshire, United States       city, seat of Cheshire county, southwestern New Hampshire, U.S., on the Ashuelot River. The original site (Upper Ashuelot), one of the Massachusetts grants… …   Universalium