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

Shanahan Early Origins



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

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Shanahan Spelling Variations


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Shanahan Spelling Variations



Numerous spelling variations of the surname Shanahan exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.

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Shanahan Early History


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Shanahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shanahan research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1802, 1863, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Shanahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shanahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shanahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shanahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Shanahan:

Shanahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Shanahan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Shanahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shanahan, aged 26, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Michael Shanahan, who landed in Mississippi in 1846
  • Jeremiah Shanahan, who landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Joseph Shanahan, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Henry, Daniel, John, Martin, Michael, Robert, Patrick, Timothy, and William Shanahan, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shanahan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Shanahan, who was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Shanahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Denis Shanahan, aged 21, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Dennis Shanahan settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1825
  • Thomas and Edmund Shanahan, and his sisters Nora and Catherine Shanahan, who all settled in Medonte Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1832
  • John Shanahan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Denis Shanahan, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shanahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Shanahan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • Michael Shanahan, aged 36, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • Bridget Shanahan, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • Ellen Shanahan, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • William Shanahan, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shanahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Shanahan, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • John Shanahan, aged 13, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • Michael Shanahan, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Maria Shanahan, aged 18, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Ellen Shanahan, aged 20, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shanahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shanahan (post 1700)



  • Brigadier General James G. Shanahan (1920-1997), American United States Army officer
  • Paul Gregory Shanahan (b. 1947), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • David E. Shanahan (1862-1936), American politician, Illinois Republican state legislator
  • Jeremiah Francis Shanahan (1834-1886), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, the first Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (1868 to 1886)
  • John Walter Shanahan (1846-1916), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Harrisburg (1899 to 1916)
  • Doug Shanahan (b. 1975), American professional lacrosse player
  • Kyle Shanahan (b. 1979), American NFL offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, son of Mike Shanahan
  • Chief Boatswain's Mate Patrick Shanahan (1867-1937), United States Navy sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine-American War
  • Michael Edward "Mike" Shanahan (b. 1952), American NFL football head coach of the Washington Redskins
  • Mark Shanahan, Irish conductor
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Shanahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shanahan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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