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The Sheedy surname is an Anglicized form, or in some cases a translation of the Gaelic Ó Síoda, where "síoda," means "silk."

Sheedy Early Origins



The surname Sheedy was first found in Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as Lords and Chiefs in Clann Coilein in western Clare in the territory of the MacNamaras known as the MacNamara Fionn, and from whom they were descended. After the Norman Conquest of Ireland in 1172, many Irish clann and sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later after the Cromwellian Invasion in Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, but few were to be found in the Clann Coilein.

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Sheedy Spelling Variations


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Sheedy Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Sheedy that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Sheedy, McSheedy, O'Sheedy, Sheady, Silk, Silke and many more.

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Sheedy Early History


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Sheedy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheedy research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheedy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheedy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheedy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheedy 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



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Sheedy or one of its variants:

Sheedy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Sheedy, who came to Pennsylvania in 1772

Sheedy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sheedy, who came to Delaware in 1812
  • John Sheedy, aged 55, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Dennis Sheedy, who settled in New York in 1852
  • William Sheedy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854
  • Bridget Sheedy, who came to Vermont in 1875

Sheedy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Sheedy, aged 23, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Patrick Sheedy, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"
  • Bridget Sheedy, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond"
  • Johanna Sheedy, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie"
  • Honor Sheedy, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheedy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Sheedy, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheedy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheedy (post 1700)



  • Alexandra Elizabeth "Ally" Sheedy (b. 1962), American screen and stage actress
  • Kevin Sheedy (b. 1959), Welsh professional soccer player
  • Jack Sheedy (b. 1926), Australian rules footballer in West Australian National Football League (WANFL)
  • Jack Sheedy, former Dublin senior football player

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Sheedy Historic Events


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Sheedy Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Sheedy, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Sheedy Family Crest Products


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Sheedy Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sheedy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheedy 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 July 2016 at 07:05.

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