McSheehy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish name McSheehy is derived from the Gaelic "Mac Sithigh," which is probably derived from "sithigh," meaning "peace."
Early Origins of the McSheehy family
The surname McSheehy 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 McSheehy family
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McSheehy Spelling Variations
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 McSheehy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McSheehy family
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name McSheehy (post 1700) +
- Joan McSheehy (1913-1948), American competition swimmer at the 1932 Summer Olympics
- James Bernard McSheehy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1936; Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, California, 1939 
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