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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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I am a descendant of Patrick Keenan who married Ann/Anna Nolan/Nowlan. They had at least 3 children who moved to California in the United States: Bridget Keenan (born 1839) who married Patrick Clifford, Peter Keenan (born 1843 or 45 +/-) who married Margaret Hartnett, and Hugh Keenan (born 1849) who never married. I am trying to find what area of Fermanagh the family was from.


Looking to find any type of information on my family from Ireland. My dad is Daniel Keenan and my grandfather is Clarence D. Keenan. My dad has no knowledge of where his family came from. My grandfather served in WW2. My great grandfather also Clarence D. Keenan based on ancestry was born in DC in 1898. Based on my 23andMe results, they state that I could of had family ties in Donegal, Cork, and slew of other areas in Ireland. Any type of information would be helpful.

Andrea Smith

I’m trying to find information on my dads family Micheal Stuart Keenan . David Herbert Keenan , Trevor John Keenan and alister Stuart Keenan there fathers name was Arthur S Keenan who date of birth was 1923 and passed away 1998 who through a family tree was my dads full brother my dads name was Gordon Henry Keenan Berry and his dads name was Arthur Keenan 1893 to 1970 and there mum was violet berry1897 until 1979

Charles M. Keenan

My Keenan's left the Greyabbey Co.Down area for Dearham, Cumberland, ENG about 1845. My line left Cumberland, ENG for the Rochester, NY, USA about 1910.

Charles Keenan

Charles Keenan, of the Appalachian tribe of Keenans in West Virginia, here.


John Keenan Born about 1821 in Fernamagh, Ireland Immigrated to USA about 1848 Settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Married Susan Gunn Born about 1822 in Fernamagh, Ireland They were married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


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


Hello. I am looking for Dennis Keenan married to Mary Roughan. Looking for any information on his parents or siblings. Thank You


GGrandfatherJohn (Jake) Keenan, married Ann Campbell, sometime around 1890s. Settled in Philadelphia. Both from Ireland. Jake worked in the railyards in Philly.


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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