Shane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Shane family

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.

Early History of the Shane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shane research. Another 97 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Shane family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Shane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shane migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Shane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Shane, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Thomas Shane, aged 38, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • William Shane, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Conrad Shane, who landed in Maryland in 1798 [1]
Shane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Shane, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Daniel Shane, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Patrick Shane, who landed in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1854 [1]
  • Martin Shane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [1]

Canada Shane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. George Shane who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ann" but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shane (post 1700) +

  • Paul Shane (1940-2013), born George Frederick Speight, an English comedian and actor
  • Paula Shane Pryke OBE (b. 1960), British florist and author
  • Gregory Shane Helms (b. 1974), American professional wrestler
  • Michael Shane Hollis (b. 1972), former professional American football placekicker
  • Philip Shane Ardern (b. 1960), New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Taranaki-King Country (1998-2014)
  • Sheldon Shane Cottrell (b. 1989), West Indies cricketer
  • Michael Shane Matthews (b. 1970), former American college and professional football quarterback
  • Travis Shane Meeks (b. 1979), American musician, lead singer, guitarist and song writer
  • Matthew Shane Ginter (b. 1977), right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Patrick Shane Dorian (b. 1972), American World Championship Tour surfer


Suggested Readings for the name Shane +

  • 4770 "The Family of James and Elizabeth Shane" by Vivian L. Snyder.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 55)


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