Shanley Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Shanley Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Shanley

The ancient history of the name Shanley was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Shanley
include McShanly and Shanly. This name is Mac Seanlaoich in Gaelic and is taken from words that mean 'old hero'. The sept was located in County Leitrim, the chief being known as MacShanly of Dromod. One of the name is described in 1404 as a wealthy farmer of this place, his father Murray being 'servant of trust' to the King of Connaught. They were often at war with their more powerful neighbours the MacRannalls, and in 1473 the latter destroyed the Shanley dwellings by fire and slew several of their leading men. A notable person of the name was Cormac Shanley who was one of the priests enumerated in a Penal Law presentment for County Leitrim in 1714.
The Shanley 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 Shanley descendants.
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