The Irish name MacSheehy is derived from the Gaelic "Mac Sithigh," which is probably derived from "sithigh," meaning "peace."
Early Origins of the MacSheehy family
The surname MacSheehy was first found in Limerick
(Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where they have held a family seat
from ancient times and it is said that they arrived in Limerick
about 1400, having come from the north where they were a branch of the McDonnells of Antrim. The sept were "gallowglasses," mercenary soldiers who fought for kings and chiefs. In Limerick
they served the Earl of Desmond and held a family seat near the town of Rathkeale.
Early History of the MacSheehy family
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MacSheehy Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sheehy, McSheehy, MacSheehy, Sheehey, Sheehee, McSheehey, McSheehee, MacSheehey, MacSheehee, O'Sheehy and many more.
Early Notables of the MacSheehy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacSheehy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edmund Sheehy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1815; Cathn. Sheehy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817; Edmond Sheehy, who arrived in Quebec in 1825; William Sheehy, who was on record in Allegheny Coujty, PA in 1828.