Last name: KANE

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KANE : This last name is indexed 162,865 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

KANE : 1: Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Catháin or Mac Catháin ‘descendant (or son) of Cathán’ a personal name meaning ‘warrior’ (see O'Kane). Compare Keane.2: English: variant of Cane.3: Jewish (Ashkenazic): altered form of Kahane.4: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Kanne.5: Americanized form of German Köhn (see Kohn). Compare Cane.6: American shortened and altered form of Finnish Nykänen an old eastern surname formed with the suffix -nen thought to be related to the extinct surname Nukainen and placenames beginning with Nuka(ri)- which are most likely based on the old lost word nois (genitive nokiin) ‘marten’ later ‘beaver’ and ‘pelt’.7: West African (mainly Senegal and Mali): from the name of the Kane clan of the Tukulor people of unexplained etymology.8: West African (Mali; Kané): Mandinka name of unexplained etymology. Compare Kanneh.

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