Keane Meaning and Origin

The Irish boy’s name Keane is an anglicized form of Cian, meaning: “ancient, warrior.” In Ireland, the surname Keane is derived from the Irish name Ó Catháin or Mac Catháin, which means “descendant of Cathán.” It is primarily associated with County Cork and County Kerry in southwestern Ireland. The name Cathán is believed to come from the Irish word “cath,” meaning “battle” or “warrior.” Keane can also be an English surname derived from the Old English word “cēne,” which means “bold,” “brave,” or “wise.” Besides “Keane,” you may also come across alternative spellings such as “Kean,” “Keen,” or “Keanne.” 

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