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The surname McShinnyke originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, derived from the word "sionnach," which means "fox."

Early Origins of the McShinnyke family


The surname McShinnyke was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Early History of the McShinnyke family

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Early History of the McShinnyke family


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Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1691, 1749, 1806, 1806, 1624, 1691, 1627, 1716, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1661, 1676, 1679 and 1680 are included under the topic Early McShinnyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McShinnyke Spelling Variations

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McShinnyke Spelling Variations


Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the McShinnyke family name include Fox, McFox, McShanaghy, McShinagh, McShinnock and others.

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Early Notables of the McShinnyke family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the McShinnyke family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was George Fox (1624-1691), an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers or Friends; Sir Stephen Fox (1627-1716)...
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Migration of the McShinnyke family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the McShinnyke family to the New World and Oceana


Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McShinnyke: Edward Fox who settled in Virginia in 1649; Francis Fox settled in Virginia in 1639; George Fox settled in Virginia in 1635; John Fox also settled in Virginia in the same year.

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The McShinnyke Motto

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The McShinnyke 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: Sionnach aboo
Motto Translation: The fox to victory


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