The family name Shanleigh has an intrinsic connection to the Gaelic culture of Ireland
. This east Connacht
sept gathered their original Gaelic form of the name Shanleigh is Mac Seanlaoich, which is derived from the words "sean," meaning "old," and "laoch," meaning "hero."
Early Origins of the Shanleigh family
The surname Shanleigh was first found in Leitrim
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland
, in Leinster
province, where they held a family seat
in that county, some say, well before the 10th century.
Early History of the Shanleigh family
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Shanleigh Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Shanleigh are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Shanleigh included Shanley, Shanly, MacShanley, McShanley, MacShanly and many more.
Early Notables of the Shanleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shanleigh family to the New World and Oceana
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Shanleigh: Thomas Shanley, who settled in Charles Town, SC
in 1767; Bernardo Shanly, who settled in Mississippi in 1789; James D. Shanley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1819.
The Shanleigh Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pro patria et religione
Motto Translation: For country and religion