Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish
Ireland. This east Connacht sept gathered their original Gaelic form of the name Shanley is Mac Seanlaoich, which is derived from the words "sean," meaning "old," and "laoch," meaning "hero."
Early Origins of the Shanley family
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 Shanley family
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Shanley Spelling Variations
Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Shanley family name. Before widespread literacy, a person entrusted the proper documentation of his name to the individual scribe. As a result, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Variations found include Shanley, Shanly, MacShanley, McShanley, MacShanly and many more.
Early Notables of the Shanley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shanley family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name Shanley:
Shanley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Shanley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Shanley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Shanley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Shanley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Shanley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Shanley (post 1700)
The Shanley 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
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