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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Shane originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Seain, which translates as son of John.

Shane Early Origins



The surname Shane was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they were granted lands by Strongbow when he invaded Ireland in 1172.

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Shane Spelling Variations


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Shane Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Shane are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include McShane, McShain, McShaen, MacShane, MacShain, MacShaen, MacCheyne, McCheyne, McSheyne, MacSheyne, McCheine, McChain, MacCheine, MacChain, McChein, McShaney, McShanie and many more.

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Shane Early History


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Shane Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shane research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1750 is included under the topic Early Shane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shane Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shane Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shane 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



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Shane:

Shane Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Shane, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Shane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Shane, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Thomas Shane, aged 38, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • William Shane, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Conrad Shane, who landed in Maryland in 1798

Shane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Shane, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Daniel Shane, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Patrick Shane, who landed in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1854
  • Martin Shane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

Shane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Shane, who arrived in Quebec in 1784

Shane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Shane, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shane (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shane (post 1700)



  • Paul Shane (1940-2013), born George Frederick Speight, an English comedian and actor

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Suggested Readings for the name Shane


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Suggested Readings for the name Shane



  • The Family of James and Elizabeth Shane by Vivian L. Snyder.

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Shane Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The Shane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shane 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 June 2015 at 05:40.

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