Shantz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Shantz originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Seain, which translates as son of John.
Early Origins of the Shantz family
The surname Shantz was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they were granted lands by Strongbow when he invaded Ireland in 1172.
Early History of the Shantz family
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Shantz 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 Shantz were found in the archives researched. These included McShane, McShain, McShaen, MacShane, MacShain, MacShaen, MacCheyne, McCheyne, McSheyne, MacSheyne, McCheine, McChain, MacCheine, MacChain, McChein, McShaney, McShanie and many more.
Early Notables of the Shantz family (pre 1700)
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Shantz migration to the United States +
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Shantz or a variant listed above:
Shantz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Shantz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 
- Johan Henry Shantz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
Shantz migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shantz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Christian, Shantz Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1830
- Isaac C Shantz, who arrived in Canada in 1830
- Joseph Shantz, who arrived in Canada in 1831
- Christian, Shantz Sr., who landed in Canada in 1831
- David, Shantz Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1831
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shantz (post 1700) +
- Harold Shantz (1894-1967), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Calcutta, 1922; U.S. Consul in Hong Kong, 1926-29; Singapore, 1932; Moscow, 1934; U.S. Consul General in Athens, 1938; Lagos, 1943; U.S. Minister to Romania, 1952-55 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html