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The surname Sheerin is derived from Mac Searthuin, which means son of Searthun. The personal name Searthun is equivalent to Geoffrey.


The surname Sheerin was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat, some say before the Anglo Norman invasion of Ireland by Strongbow in 1172. However, others claim that it is an offshoot of the Prendergast Clan in County Mayo, where they adopted the Gaelic name of O'Sirin, and established themselves on the Donegal/ Fermanagh border about the year 1250.

Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Sheerin that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Shearing, Sheering, Sheeran, Sharron, Sherren, Sherran, Shirran, Sheeran, Sheerin, O'Shearing, O'Sheering, O'Sheeran, O'Sharron, O'Sherren, O'Sherran, O'Shirran, O'Sheeran, O'Shearing and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheerin research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1659 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Sheerin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheerin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North Ameri ca. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Sheerin:

Sheerin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel, Edward, Hugh, Patrick and Thomas Sheerin who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1804 and 1864
  • Danl Sheerin, aged 24, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Bridget Sheerin, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1893
  • Dan. Sheerin, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Donegal, in 1893

Sheerin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sheerin, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Delia Sheerin, aged 18, who landed in America from Carrow Castle, in 1905
  • Johanna Sheerin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Malahide, Ireland, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Sheerin, aged 19, who landed in America from Duleek, Ireland, in 1911
  • Katie Sheerin, aged 19, who landed in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1911
  • ...

  • S. P. Sheerin, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Indiana, 1888
  • Mike Sheerin, Toronto-based documentary director and producer
  • Brendan Sheerin, British International Tour guide
  • Joe Sheerin (b. 1979), English former professional footballer
  • Paul George Sheerin (b. 1974), Scottish professional football player and manager

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: Vincit Veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.


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    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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    The Sheerin Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Sheerin 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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