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Shawghnesy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Shawghnesy is O Seachnasaigh.

Early Origins of the Shawghnesy family


The surname Shawghnesy 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 Shawghnesy family


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Shawghnesy Spelling Variations


During the Middle Ages a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Shawghnesy family name. Variations found include O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.

Early Notables of the Shawghnesy 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...
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Migration of the Shawghnesy 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 at that time. 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 Shawghnesy 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..

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