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Kane Family History

Kane Name Meaning

Irish (Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Catháin ‘descendant of Cathán’ (see O’Kane). Compare Keane. Scottish: reduced form of McKean. Jewish (Ashkenazic): altered spelling of Cohen. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Kanne. Probably also an Americanized spelling of German Köhn (see Kohn).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Keane, Kan, Lane, Dane, Kann, Kaine, Cane, Kaner, Zane, Hane

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Where is the Kane family from?

You can see how Kane families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kane family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kane families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 88 Kane families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Kane's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kane families in 1840.
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What did your Kane ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kane. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kane were Farmer and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 348,000 census records available for the last name Kane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kane census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Kane. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 70,000 military records available for the last name Kane. For the veterans among your Kane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kane lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kane in 1940 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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