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Meaning and Origin of: Keen

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Gaelic : Brave
  • English : Sharp; bold

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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.