Origins Available: Irish-Alt
The family name McShanley has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland
. This east Connacht
sept gathered their original Gaelic form of the name McShanley is Mac Seanlaoich, which is derived from the words "sean," meaning "old," and "laoch," meaning "hero."
Early Origins of the McShanley family
The surname McShanley 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.
Early History of the McShanley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McShanley research.Another 395 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1404, 1473, 1714 and 1714 are included under the topic Early McShanley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McShanley Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a person's name was often recorded under several spelling variations
during a single lifetime because it was essentially up to the individual scribe's discretion as to how to record an individual's name. Research into the name McShanley revealed many variations, including Shanley, Shanly, MacShanley, McShanley, MacShanly and many more.
Early Notables of the McShanley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McShanley family to the New World and Oceana
Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland
in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families
. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McShanley or a variant listed above: 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 McShanley 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