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Interesting assertions that (1) the Sheehan family originated in Co. Clare rather than Lower Connello, Limerick; (2) and the first recorded use as a surname was in 1659 , Co. Cork.

http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Sheehan

“Originally belonging to County Clare, this clan moved southwards to occupy Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, and it is in these counties that the name is most numerous today.”

“The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Sheehan, of County Cork, which was dated 1659, in Petty’s “Census’ of Ireland”, during the reign of Richard Cromwell, known as “The Lord Protector”, 1658 – 1660. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.”

Read more:  http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Sheehan#ixzz2qB8DrqWs

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