The surname Shannahan is originally a name that appeared in Gaelic as O Seanachain, which is derived from the word "sean," meaning "old."
Early Origins of the Shannahan family
The surname Shannahan 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 Shannahan family
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Shannahan Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations
of the name Shannahan dating from that time include Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.
Early Notables of the Shannahan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shannahan 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 Shannahan or a variant listed above, including:
Shannahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Shannahan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Shannahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Shannahan, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
- John Shannahan, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
- Simon Shannahan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Shannahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Johanna Shannahan, aged 36, a laundress, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
- Sarah A. Shannahan, aged 15, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
- Julia Shannahan, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874