Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Shawghnessy is O Seachnasaigh.
Early Origins of the Shawghnessy family
The surname Shawghnessy 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 Shawghnessy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shawghnessy 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 Shawghnessy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shawghnessy Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname Shawghnessy. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.
Early Notables of the Shawghnessy 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 Shawghnessy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shawghnessy family to the New World and Oceana
fled the English-colonized Ireland
in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Shawghnessy: 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..