Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Shaunesey is O Seachnasaigh.
Early Origins of the Shaunesey family
The surname Shaunesey was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island.
Early History of the Shaunesey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaunesey 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 Shaunesey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shaunesey Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Shaunesey family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.
Early Notables of the Shaunesey family (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 Shaunesey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shaunesey family to the New World and Oceana
Many Irish families
boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Shaunesey family name: Thomas O'Shaughnessy settled in Philadelphia in 1854; along with Martin and James; John O'Shanessy settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Patrick, James, John, Michael Shaughnessy all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..