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Shann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Shann family


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

Early History of the Shann family


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Shann Spelling Variations


Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Shann were found in the archives researched. These included Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.

Early Notables of the Shann family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shann family to the New World and Oceana


In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Shann or a variant listed above, including:

Shann Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles E. Shann, aged 24, originally from Wolverhampton, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1903 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFPX-JP5 : 6 December 2014), Charles E. Shann, 22 Feb 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alfred Shann, aged 32, originally from Leeds, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNTB-G5M : 6 December 2014), Alfred Shann, 07 Feb 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • George Shann, aged 36, originally from Birmingham, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJM1-WJW : 6 December 2014), George Shann, 18 Apr 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Charles E. Shann, aged 37, originally from Tamworth, England, who arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Cameronia" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ4K-M5S : 6 December 2014), Charles E. Shann, 22 May 1916; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • George Shann, aged 29, who arrived in New York, N. Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Siamese Prince" from Hull, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W7-F6X : 6 December 2014), George Shann, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port Hull, England, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Siamese Prince, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shann (post 1700)


  • George Shann (1876-1919), British politician, Birmingham City Council member in 1911
  • Sir Keith Charles Owen "Mick" Shann CBE (1917-1988), Australian public servant and diplomat, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia (1962-1966), Deputy Secretary in the Department of External Affairs in 1970, Chairman of the Public Service Board (1977-1978)

Historic Events for the Shann family



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Sydney James Shann, English Third Waiter from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFPX-JP5 : 6 December 2014), Charles E. Shann, 22 Feb 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNTB-G5M : 6 December 2014), Alfred Shann, 07 Feb 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJM1-WJW : 6 December 2014), George Shann, 18 Apr 1913; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ4K-M5S : 6 December 2014), Charles E. Shann, 22 May 1916; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cameronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W7-F6X : 6 December 2014), George Shann, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port Hull, England, arrival port New York, N. Y., ship name Siamese Prince, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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