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KINANE Family HistoryRecorded in several spellings including O' Kinane, O' Kinnane, Kinane, Kinnane, Quinane, Quinnane and possibly others, this is a medieval Irish surname. It originates from the pre 10th century Gaelic O' Cuinneain, meaning the male descendant of the son of the hare from "coinin", meaning hare or rabbit. It was presumably a nickname for a fast runner, and like the majority of Irish surnames, given to the original chief of the clan possibly a thousand years ago. It is a Thomond surname, mainly found in North Tipperary, with the variants Quinane and Guinnane.
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