Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Shorghnesy is O Seachnasaigh.
Early Origins of the Shorghnesy family
The surname Shorghnesy was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island.
Early History of the Shorghnesy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shorghnesy research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1690, 1691, 1673, 1691, 1673 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Shorghnesy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shorghnesy Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Shorghnesy family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including O'Shaughnessy, Shaughnessy, O'Shanessy, Shanessy and others.
Early Notables of the Shorghnesy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Ruaidhrí Gilla Dubh Ó Seachnasaigh (aka Sir Roger O'Shaughnessy) (died 1569), Irish Knight and Chief of the Name; Roger O'Shaughnessy, The O'Shaughnessy (d. 1690), Captain in the Irish... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shorghnesy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shorghnesy family to the New World and Oceana
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families
left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Shorghnesy: Thomas O'Shaughnessy settled in Philadelphia in 1854; along with Martin and James; John O'Shanessy settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Patrick, James, John, Michael Shaughnessy all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..