Shinar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Shinar is originally a name that appeared in Gaelic as O Seanachain, which is derived from the word "sean," meaning "old."
Early Origins of the Shinar family
The surname Shinar was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Shinar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shinar research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1802, 1863, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Shinar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shinar Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Shinar dating from that time include Shanahan, O'Shanahan, Shahan, Shannon, Gilshenan and many more.
Early Notables of the Shinar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shinar family
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Shinar or a variant listed above, including: Charles Shannon, who arrived in America in 1742; James Shanahan, who was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1779; Bridget Shannon, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1813.
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