Shannon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Shannon family

The surname Shannon 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 Shannon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shannon research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1802, 1863, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Shannon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shannon Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Shannon revealed spelling variations, including Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.

Early Notables of the Shannon family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shannon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shannon migration to the United States +

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Shannon:

Shannon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lakall Shannon, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]
  • William Shannon, who landed in Virginia in 1698 [1]
Shannon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Shannon, who arrived in America in 1742
  • James Shannon, who arrived in Boston in 1764
  • Luke Shannon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [1]
Shannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Shannon, aged 40, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • Robert Shannon, who arrived in New York in 1813 [1]
  • Bridget Shannon, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1813
  • David Shannon, who settled in New York, NY in 1815
  • David Shannon, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Shannon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Ross Shannon, who landed in New York in 1912 [1]

Canada Shannon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shannon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lieut. Daniel Shannon U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. David Shannon U.E. who settled in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County [Ancaster], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 on Secret Service [2]
Shannon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • B Shannon, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Rosy Shannon, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • Charles Shannon, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • James Shannon, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Mr. Andrew Shannon, aged 44 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elizabeth" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Shannon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shannon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Shannon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • George Shannon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Isabella Shannon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • James Shannon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Jane Shannon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Shannon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shannon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Helen Shannon, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Michael Shannon, aged 30, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Florence Shannon, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Sarah Shannon, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Mrs. Agnes Shannon, (b. 1832), aged 32, Scottish settler from Lanarkshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shannon (post 1700) +

  • Preston Shannon (1947-2018), American electric blues and soul blues guitarist from Olive Branch, Mississippi
  • Thomas Alfred "Tom" Shannon Jr. (b. 1958), American diplomat, acting United States Secretary of State until the confirmation of U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee, Rex Tillerson
  • Jeff Shannon (1961-2013), American film critic
  • Michael Corbett Shannon (b. 1974), American stage, film, and television actor nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008
  • Bill Shannon (1941-2010), American author and baseball historian
  • William Vincent Shannon (1927-1988), former editor of the New York Times and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
  • Terry Craig Shannon (1952-2005), American information technology consultant, journalist and author
  • Richard Shannon (b. 1954), American writer, performer and speaker
  • Fred Albert Shannon (1893-1963), American historian and a Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Frederick A. Shannon (b. 1921), American herpetologist and medical doctor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Edward Shannon, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Francis Joseph Shannon, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John D Shannon (b. 1915), Australian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve from Buranda, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Alfred Shannon, American Seaman First Class from Idaho, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Shannon +

  • 645 My Byers-Bonar-Shannon and Allied Families by Marion Stark Craig, Shannon Family and Connections by William G. Shannon.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 55)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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