Re: Kinane/Kinnane Pronunciation
Well, it was kind of you to "check in" on this topic. I have been amazed at the life of this pronunciation gambit.The ones who said that your name likely was originally spelled with a letter "C" as the first letter of the surname were probably thinking of Cainain (variously, Cianain) which most suggest is the precursor of our Keenan, Kinan, Kanan, Kinnane, Canan, Kenan, et. al., this from the middle period of the Irish Isle.
As to whether we might be somehow connected in lineage...I have no idea. I am told by those who know that the Keenan surname is a common one in Ireland, especially in Counties Monaghan and and Fermanagh.Since my progenitor was born well before 1800 in Drumboat Town, County Monaghan, and because he was a Roman Catholic, and also because few records exist in the extant churches foir the period before about 1803 in Monaghan, I may never know.My four great grandfather who emigrated from Drumboat was named Patrick Keenan, another full name that is not uncommon.He arrived in Baltimore, MD, ca 1800 (+/- 5 yrs.).The "Cuh-nan" pronunciation is very close to the sound of "Cane-nan" which I am told is likely the way Keenan sounded in 1800.It seems that most all names are open to change as people move about and as socio-economic and political changes occur over time.
Thanks for responding and best wishes in your search for ancestors.