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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."
The surname Sheen was 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.
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.
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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
Sheen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Sheen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sheen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Sheen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Sheen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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