Shaheen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Shaheen is originally a name that appeared in Gaelic as O Seanachain, which is derived from the word "sean," meaning "old."

Early Origins of the Shaheen family

The surname Shaheen was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Shaheen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaheen research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1802, 1863, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Shaheen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shaheen Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Shaheen family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.

Early Notables of the Shaheen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Shaheen family

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Shaheen: Charles Shannon, who arrived in America in 1742; James Shanahan, who was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779; Bridget Shannon, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1813.


Contemporary Notables of the name Shaheen (post 1700) +

  • Robert Joseph Shaheen (1937-2017), American clergyman of the Maronite Catholic Church, Eparch of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles (2000–2013)
  • Sally Shaheen Joseph, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000, 2008 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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