The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Shehane is O Siodhachain, which may be derived from "siodhach," which means "peaceful."
Early Origins of the Shehane family
The surname Shehane 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.
Early History of the Shehane family
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Shehane Spelling Variations
Many different spelling variations
of the surname Shehane were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. Sheehan, Sheeham, Sheahan, O'Sheehan, Sheagan and many more.
Early Notables of the Shehane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shehane family to the New World and Oceana
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Shehane: Cornelius Sheagan who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1842; John, Morris and Thomas Sheehan arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1870; Denis Sheeham arrived in Maryland in 1774.