Shin Surname History

The surname Shin is originally a name that appeared in Gaelic as O Seanachain, which is derived from the word "sean," meaning "old."

Early Origins of the Shin family

The surname Shin was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Shin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shin research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1802, 1863, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Shin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shin Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Shin revealed many variations, including Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.

Early Notables of the Shin family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shin Ranking

In the United States, the name Shin is the 3,430th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]


United States Shin migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Shin or a variant listed above:

Shin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Shin, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
Shin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Amelia Shin, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Charlotte Shin, aged 4, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Hannah Shin, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • J R Shin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shin (post 1700) +

  • Patricia Shin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996 [3]
  • Haeryung Shin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2008 [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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