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Where did the Irish Sheen family come from? When did the Sheen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sheen family history?

The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Sheen is O Siodhachain, which may be derived from "siodhach," which means "peaceful."


Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Sheen family name include Sheehan, Sheeham, Sheahan, O'Sheehan, Sheagan and many more.

First found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheen research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Sheen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families began to migrate to North America in the late 18th century in the hopes of gaining their own plot of land. The majority of these early immigrant families were relatively well off because the transatlantic passage was costly. As a result the decision to immigrate was carefully made. Those immigrants that arrived in the late 1840s differed because their decision to leave was in direct response to the Great Potato Famine. Many of the families that crossed the Atlantic during this decade were destitute, either having spent all they had on the fare or even starting with nothing, but being sponsored by a philanthropic society. Whenever, these Irish families came to North America, they were made great contributions to the developing nations of the United States and what would come to be known as Canada: the earlier settlers as land clearing homesteaders, and the later immigrants as the muscle that would build the industries and routes of transportation so critical to a powerful nation. Research into the passenger and immigration lists has shown many early and significant Irish immigrants bearing the name Sheen:

Sheen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ellen Sheen, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Sheen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Casper Sheen, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Sheen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah H Sheen, aged 25, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1843
  • Timothy Sheen, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845
  • Margaret Sheen, aged 27, landed in New York in 1849
  • Patrick Sheen, aged 13, landed in New York in 1854
  • Thomas Sheen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Sheen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Sheen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Sheen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sheen, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Richard Sheen, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Anne Sheen, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Mary Sheen, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Sheen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Sheen, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855


  • Martin Sheen (b. 1940), American actor
  • Fulton Sheen (1895-1979), American Catholic archbishop, television evangelist, sainthood candidate
  • Charlie Sheen (b. 1965), American actor
  • Albert Sheen, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1973-74
  • Mr. Joseph Sheen (d. 1941), British Petty Officer from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Michael Sheen OBE (b. 1969), Welsh actor
  • Jacqueline Sheen (b. 1963), Playboy model



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