Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Shanesy is O Seachnasaigh.
Early Origins of the O'Shanesy family
The surname O'Shanesy was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island.
Early History of the O'Shanesy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Shanesy research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1690, 1691, 1673, 1691, 1673 and 1744 are included under the topic Early O'Shanesy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Shanesy Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname O'Shanesy. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.
Early Notables of the O'Shanesy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Ruaidhrí Gilla Dubh Ó Seachnasaigh (aka Sir Roger O'Shaughnessy) (died 1569), Irish Knight and Chief of the Name; Roger O'Shaughnessy, The O'Shaughnessy (d. 1690), Captain in the Irish... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Shanesy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Shanesy family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name O'Shanesy: Thomas O'Shaughnessy settled in Philadelphia in 1854; along with Martin and James; John O'Shanessy settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Patrick, James, John, Michael Shaughnessy all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..