Sheedy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Sheedy family

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.

Early History of the Sheedy family

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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.

Early Notables of the Sheedy family (pre 1700)

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United States Sheedy migration to the United States +

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 settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
Sheedy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Sheedy, who settled in Delaware in 1812
  • John Sheedy, aged 55, who landed in Delaware in 1812 [1]
  • Dennis Sheedy, who settled in New York in 1852
  • William Sheedy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854 [1]
  • Bridget Sheedy, who settled in Vermont in 1875

Canada Sheedy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheedy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Sheedy, aged 14 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Ann" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]

Australia Sheedy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sheedy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Sheedy, aged 23, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" [3]
  • Patrick Sheedy, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]
  • Bridget Sheedy, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Hammond" [4]
  • Johanna Sheedy, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie" [5]
  • Honor Sheedy, aged 20, a servant, who 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.)

New Zealand Sheedy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sheedy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Sheedy, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875

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

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 [6]


  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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 55)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 17th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emerald Isle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emeraldisle1854.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 20th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Willaim Hammond 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamhammond1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/royalcharlie1854.shtml.
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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