Origin of the Name McKeown
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McKeown
include McKeon, Owens and Hone. Though it originated in County Sligo the sept of McKeown may be regarded as belonging to the adjacent County of Leitrim, as it is there they are found located both in mediaeval and modern times. The name in Irish is McEoghain, which simply means son of John or Owen. In the Tuam area it is sometimes anglicized as Johnson. This sept had an important branch in County Galway . The sixteenth century 'Composition Book of Connacht' refers to lands in the barony of Kiltartan then called Termon Brian McOwen. Many with the common spelling McKeown are no doubt of the sept referred to above, but a number of them, especially in Ulster , are descended from Scotsmen who settled in the Glens of Antrim where they can still be found to this day.
The McKeown coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McKeown descendants.