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Where did the Irish Shehane family come from? What is the Irish Shehane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shehane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shehane family history?

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."

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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.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Shehane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Shehane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shehane 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 18 May 2013 at 20:42.

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