Kane Family History

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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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Kane Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kane name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kane. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Kane Family Origin

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Kane Family Occupations

What did your Kane ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kane family was Laborer. The most common Kane occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Kane's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and General Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kane.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • General Laborer

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kane ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kane Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Kane Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kane ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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