Sheddan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sheddan family

The surname Sheddan was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the 12th century.

Early History of the Sheddan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheddan research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1708, 1759, and 1798 are included under the topic Early Sheddan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sheddan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shedden, Sheddan, Sheddans, Sheddens and others.

Early Notables of the Sheddan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Sheddan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sheddan family to Ireland

Some of the Sheddan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sheddan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheddan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Sheddan, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1758
  • Robert Sheddan, who settled in Portsmouth, VA in 1759
  • John Sheddan, who arrived in Virginia in 1788 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sheddan (post 1700) +

  • Leona Sheddan, American Executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society
  • Richard Sheddan, Chief Operating Officer at Memorial Hospital of Gulfport, Clarksville, TN
  • Squadron Leader Cornelius James "Jim" Sheddan (1918-2010), New Zealand, WWI flying Ace in the RNZAF


The Sheddan Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidem Meam Observabo
Motto Translation: I will keep my faith.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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