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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Shannessy is O Seachnasaigh.

Shannessy Early Origins



The surname Shannessy was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island.

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Shannessy Spelling Variations


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Shannessy Spelling Variations



One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Shannessy family name include O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.

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Shannessy Early History


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Shannessy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shannessy research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1690, 1691, 1673, 1691, 1673 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Shannessy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shannessy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shannessy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Ruaidhrí Gilla Dubh Ó Seachnasaigh (aka Sir Roger O'Shaughnessy) (died 1569), Irish Knight and Chief of the Name; Roger O'Shaughnessy, The O'Shaughnessy (d. 1690), Captain in the Irish...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shannessy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Shannessy, or one of its variants:

Shannessy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shannessy, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Shannessy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frances W. Shannessy, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Dublin, in 1905
  • Wm. E. Shannessy, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Frank Shannessy, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1919
  • William Shannessy, aged 21, who landed in America from Askeaton, Co. Limerick, Ireland, in 1921

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Shannessy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shannessy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 June 2013 at 09:49.

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