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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Shean is O Siodhachain, which may be derived from "siodhach," which means "peaceful."
The surname Shean 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.
Many different spelling variations of the surname Shean exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Sheehan, Sheeham, Sheahan, O'Sheehan, Sheagan and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shean research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shean History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Shean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Shean:
Shean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Shean Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Shean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Shean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shean 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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