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Ó Siodhacháin

An earlier spelling for O’Siochain was Ó Siodhacháin. In the 1950s, the standardised Irish language was published which drew from the various dialects (munster, ulster, and connacht) and simplified the spelling of Irish for example removing the silent “dh” used in the family name.

From Irish Names and Surnames 1923

Ó SÍODHACHÁIN—IO Shieghane, O Shehane, O’Sheehan, O’Sheahan, Sheehan, Sheahan, Sheean, Sheen, Shean, &c.; ‘descendant of Síodhachán’ (diminutive of síodhach, peaceful); the name (1) of a Dalcassian family, now very numerous throughout Munster, especially in Cork, Kerry and Limerick; and (2) of an old Galway family who were followers of O’Kelly of Ui Maine and are still numerous in that county. Ó Sídheacháin and Ó Séadhacháin (which see) are variants. The name is latterly sometimes written Ó Síothcháin.

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