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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Sheahan is O Siodhachain, which may be derived from "siodhach," which means "peaceful."

Sheahan Early Origins



The surname Sheahan was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Sheahan Spelling Variations


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Sheahan Spelling Variations



The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Sheahan that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Sheehan, Sheeham, Sheahan, O'Sheehan, Sheagan and many more.

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Sheahan Early History


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Sheahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheahan research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheahan 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



Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Sheahan:

Sheahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sheahan, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Patrick Sheahan, who landed in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1854

Sheahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Sheahan, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"

Sheahan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Denis Sheahan, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • William James Sheahan, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheahan (post 1700)



  • Tom Sheahan (b. 1968), Irish Fine Gael politician, Fine Gael Teachta Dála for Kerry South (2007-2011)
  • John Sheahan (b. 1939), Irish violinist, tin whistle player, folk musician and composer, last surviving member of The Dubliners
  • Gerald Sheahan (b. 1872), former Australian rules footballer who played from Melbourne in 1897
  • Pat Sheahan, Canadian head coach of Queen's University's football team, Kingston, Ontario
  • William Peter Sheahan (b. 1953), Australian Test cricket match umpire
  • Riley Michael Sheahan (b. 1991), Canadian NHL ice hockey centre for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Terence William "Terry" Sheahan AO (b. 1947), Australian judge and former politician, Member for Burrinjuck, NSW (1973-1988)
  • Michael "Mike" Sheahan (b. 1947), Australian journalist
  • William Francis "Billy" Sheahan QC (1895-1975), Australian politician, Member for Yass, NSW (1941-1950), and for Burrinjuck (1950-1973)
  • Maurie Sheahan (1905-1956), Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    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. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The Sheahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheahan 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.

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