Origins Available: Irish-Alt
The family name MacShanley has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name MacShanley is Mac Seanlaoich, which is derived from the words "sean," meaning "old," and "laoch," meaning "hero."
Early Origins of the MacShanley family
The surname MacShanley was first found in Leitrim
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland
, in Leinster
province, where they held a family seat
in that county, some say, well before the 10th century. This east Connacht
sept gathered their name from the Gaelic 'MacSeanlaoich' meaning in the English 'Old hero.".
Early History of the MacShanley family
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MacShanley Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Shanley, Shanly, MacShanley, McShanley, MacShanly and many more.
Early Notables of the MacShanley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacShanley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Shanley, who settled in Charles Town, SC
in 1767; Bernardo Shanly, who settled in Mississippi in 1789; James D. Shanley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1819.
The MacShanley 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: Pro patria et religione
Motto Translation: For country and religion