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Recorded as O'Keenan and more usually Keenan, this is an Irish surname. Found mainly in the Ulster and northern counties of Fermanagh and Monaghan, it originates from the ancient pre 10th century Gaelic name O' Cianain meaning "The descendant of the faithful one" or similar. It may not have been entirely coincidence that the clan was famous through out the Medieval Period for producing both high ranking members of the church, and early historians, in several cases the same thing. The first recorded scribe was Adam O' Caianain, who was also the canon of Lisgool in Fermanagh. He is mentioned in the annals known as the "Four Masters" as being the historian to the famous Maguires of County Fermanagh...

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My grandfather was John Patrick Keenan. He was a skilled carpenter and came from a family in NE Victoria at a place named Staghorn Flat. near Wodonga and Albury. Grandpa was an astue man who suffered during and after WW1. Though of an honest disposition, his WW1 experiences led to him being charged with Desertion, though I believe he was in British Casualty Clearing Station prior to a British Red Cross Hospital and then the Rouen rehabilitation hospital in France after suffering the affects of a gas attack. His post WW1 life indicates an industrious man with responsible community values Any links back to a credible path through history of his original family will be greatly appreciated.


Trying to find information on Denis Keenan born 1789 Ireland, married Mary Roughan. He died in Canada. I would like info on his parents. Thank You


Hi, I know my ancestors came over in 1850. There are a couple of John Keenan's. I will check our family tree book and get back to you. Thank you, Karen Keenan


I am trying to find information on John Keenan myggg grandfather..Born in unknown about 1790. He moved to Richmond York married Dorothy Lumley His occupation was shown as a Tinker

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