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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.

Shantz Early Origins



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.

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Shantz Spelling Variations


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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.

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Shantz Early History


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Shantz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shantz research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1750 is included under the topic Early Shantz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shantz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shantz Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shantz 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



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shantz (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Shantz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shantz 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 29 January 2016 at 13:38.

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