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The Shiner surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Sionnaigh, which is derived from "sionnach," which means "fox."

Shiner Early Origins



The surname Shiner was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat. This most ancient Irish surname is derived from Sionnach, the Fox, an epithet used by the Chief of the Irish Cathernaigh Clann, a branch of the northern Ui Fiachrach.

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Shiner Spelling Variations


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Shiner Spelling Variations



Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Shiner include Shiner, Shinner, Shunny, Shunagh, Shunnagh, Shinnick, Shinnock, Shinick and many more.

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Shiner Early History


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Shiner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiner research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1845 is included under the topic Early Shiner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shiner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shiner Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shiner 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



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Shiner were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Shiner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Shiner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shiner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shiner (post 1700)



  • Ambassador Josette Sheeran Shiner, American Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs for the United States Department of State
  • Isaac Shiner, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1837-38
  • Roy Albert James Shiner (1924-1988), British professional footballer from the Isle of Wight
  • Ronald Alfred Shiner (1903-1966), British stand-up comedian and comedic actor, known for Dry Rot (1956), Aunt Clara (1954) and Innocents in Paris (1953)
  • Lewis Shiner (b. 1950), American science fiction writer
  • Esther Shiner (1924-1987), Canadian municipal politician in Toronto, Ontario, North York's Deputy Mayor in the 1980s
  • David Shiner (b. 1953), American actor, clown, playwright and theater director, first featured in Cirque du Soleil's production Nouvelle Expérience in 1990

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    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. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Shiner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shiner 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 4 April 2016 at 13:09.

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