Origin of the Name MacShane
The ancient history of the name MacShane
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name McShane in Ireland is the equivalent of Johnson, both names literally meaning 'son of John'. This name is often of Scottish descent spreading to Ireland, England and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above countries. Examples of such are an Alexander Johnson, of Aberdeen, Scotland, who received letters of denisation in England in the year 1480 and a Nicholas Johnson who was a Burgess of Ayr, Scotland, in the year 1503. In Ireland the name is popular in Ulster having been introduced there from Scotland Centuries ago. In Ulster and in County Louth the McShanes were a branch of the O'Neills. The County Westmeath family of McShane were a branch of the O'Farrells. In County Kerry McShane was assumed by some families of Fitzmaurice, but the name is rarely found there in modern times, being mostly found in Ulster and in County Dublin.
The MacShane coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacShane descendants.