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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Shehan is O Siodhachain, which may be derived from "siodhach," which means "peaceful."

Shehan Early Origins



The surname Shehan was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Shehan Spelling Variations


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Shehan Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname Shehan exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Sheehan, Sheeham, Sheahan, O'Sheehan, Sheagan and many more.

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Shehan Early History


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Shehan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shehan research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shehan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shehan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shehan 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



Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Shehan:

Shehan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Shehan, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Cornelius Shehan, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • John C Shehan, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • John Shehan, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1861

Shehan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Shea Shehan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Edward Shehan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Thomas Shehan, aged 45, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland

Shehan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Shehan, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shehan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shehan (post 1700)



  • Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1898-1984), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Baltimore from 1961 to 1974
  • Norma Shehan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008
  • J. Arthur Shehan, American politician, Supervisor of Hamburg Township, Michigan; Elected 1916

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
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    The Shehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shehan 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 22 October 2015 at 11:35.

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