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Shennan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland west coast. The name Shennan began in this region; it was a nickname for a person noted as possessing great wisdom, or an elderly person. The surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic name O Seanain, which comes from the word sean, which has the double meaning of old and wise.


Early Origins of the Shennan family


The surname Shennan was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Shennan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shennan research.
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1548 is included under the topic Early Shennan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shennan Spelling Variations


Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Shennan has been spelled Shannon, Shennan, Shennane and others.

Early Notables of the Shennan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shennan family to Ireland


Some of the Shennan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Shennan family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shennan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R. Shennan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • J. Shennan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mrs. Shennan, British settler travelling from London with 2 chlildren aboard the ship "Gloucester" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 28th December 1858 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

Contemporary Notables of the name Shennan (post 1700)


  • K.J. Shennan, British assistant diesel mechanic at Mawson Station in 1963, eponym of Mount Shennan, Antarctica
  • Stephen Shennan, English professor of theoretical archaeology, and is director of the Institute of Archaeology
  • Robert Duncan James "Bob" Shennan (b. 1962), British radio executive, Controller of BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music (2009-)

The Shennan Motto


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: Virtute Duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.


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  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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