First name origins & meanings:
- Gaelic: Brave
- English: Sharp; bold
First name variations: Kean, Keene, Keane
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Kene, a short form of the Old English
personal name Cēn or Cyne, based on Old English
cēne ‘wise’, ‘brave’, ‘proud’.
- Americanized spelling of
German Kühn (see Kuehn).
- Robert Keayne (d. 1655) was one of the founders of Boston
MA, and is buried in the King’s Chapel Burying Ground there.
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