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Re: Killen Family Crest
Posted by: brian (ID *****5932) Date: April 22, 2005 at 06:23:15
In Reply to: Killen Family Crest by joseph killen of 473


Crest may depend upon the geographical origin of your family in Ireland.

If the family was from the West of Ireland, the crest you refer to is probably correct, Killen in this case deriving from O'Cillin (pronouced O'Killeen - meaning "of the Church"). On the otherhand if the family was from Ulster especially the Eastern coast of counties Down and Antrim the liklhood is that it was originally MacCailin (or MacCailein(meaning Son of Colin (Colin deriving from the gaelic Cailean - young dog - signifying a soldier)))a branch of the Clan Campbell who came to Ireland in the 1400s to fight as mercenaries for O'Donnells in West Ulster.


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