The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Sheena is a nickname
for a person noted as possessing great wisdom, or an elderly person.
The surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic name O Seanain,
which comes from the word sean,
which has the double meaning of old
Early Origins of the Sheena family
The surname Sheena was first found in Kintyre
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sheena family
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Sheena Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Sheena has appeared as Shannon, Shennan, Shennane and others.
Early Notables of the Sheena family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sheena family to Ireland
Some of the Sheena family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sheena family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sheena or a variant listed above include: James Shannon arrived in Boston in 1764; A. C. D. and M. Shannon arrived in Baltimore in 1820; Anne, Catherine, Honoria, James, Jonathon, Luke, Terry Shannon, all arrived in Boston in 1850..
Contemporary Notables of the name Sheena (post 1700)
- Sheena Blackhall (b. 1947), Scottish poet, novelist, short story writer, illustrator and traditional story teller
- Sheena Shirley Orr (b. 1959), birth name of Sheena Easton, Scottish four-time Grammy Award nominated singer
- Sheena Easton (b. 1959), Scottish recording artist
The Sheena Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.