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The Irish name Sheehy is derived from the Gaelic "Mac Sithigh," which is probably derived from "sithigh," meaning "peace."

Sheehy Early Origins



The surname Sheehy was first found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they have held a family seat from ancient times and it is said that they arrived in Limerick about 1400, having come from the north where they were a branch of the McDonnells of Antrim. The sept were "gallowglasses," mercenary soldiers who fought for kings and chiefs. In Limerick they served the Earl of Desmond and held a family seat near the town of Rathkeale.

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Sheehy Spelling Variations


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Sheehy Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sheehy, McSheehy, MacSheehy, Sheehey, Sheehee, McSheehey, McSheehee, MacSheehey, MacSheehee, O'Sheehy and many more.

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Sheehy Early History


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Sheehy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheehy research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1642 is included under the topic Early Sheehy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheehy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheehy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheehy 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheehy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Sheehy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1815
  • Cathn. Sheehy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1817
  • William Sheehy, who was on record in Allegheny Coujty, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • William Sheehy, aged 30, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Bridget Sheehy, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1854

Sheehy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edmond Sheehy, who arrived in Quebec in 1825
  • Bryan Sheehy, who came to New Brunswick in 1840

Sheehy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sheehy, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Sheehy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Dugdale" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY DUGDALE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840MaryDugdale.gif
  • Edward Sheehy, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • John Sheehy, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Patrick Sheehy, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheehy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Sheehy, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Mary Sheehy a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheehy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheehy (post 1700)



  • John Patrick Sheehy (b. 1942), American architect
  • Timothy Kane "Tim" Sheehy (b. 1948), Canadian-born, American silver medalist ice hockey player
  • Neil Kane Sheehy (b. 1960), Canadian-born, American retired NHL ice hockey player
  • Paul Sheehy (b. 1963), American rugby player for the USA Eagles at the 1991 Rugby World Cup
  • Timothy Kane "Tim" Sheehy (b. 1948), Canadian-born, American silver medalist ice hockey player, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (1969–1970)
  • Rick Sheehy (b. 1959), American Republican politician, 38th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (2005-2013)
  • Charles D. Sheehy, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • Charles A. W. Sheehy, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Bridgeport, West Virginia, 1885-89, 1893-97
  • Clara Trost Sheehy (b. 1960), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944
  • Edward C. Sheehy, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 22nd District, 1882; Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908
  • ... (Another 27 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



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY DUGDALE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840MaryDugdale.gif

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Sheehy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheehy 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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