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Shinner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Shinner family

The surname Shinner 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.

Early History of the Shinner family

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Shinner Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname Shinner exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Shiner, Shinner, Shunny, Shunagh, Shunnagh, Shinnick, Shinnock, Shinick and many more.

Early Notables of the Shinner family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Shinner family to the New World and Oceana

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Shinner:

Shinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. S. Shinner who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Shinner (post 1700)

  • Susie Shinner, British actress, known for her role as a young Lily Potter in the Harry Potter series, unfortunately her scene was cut from the final release
  • James Shinner (1877-1921), English professional football centre forward and full back who played from 1902 to 1913

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