Shanahan Family History

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Shanahan Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanacháin ‘descendant of Seanachán’, a diminutive of Seanach, a personal name from sean ‘ancient’, ‘old’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hanahan, Stranahan, Hanrahan, Sheehan, Banahan, Shannon, Hallahan

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Shanahan Family Origin

Where is the Shanahan family from?

Shanahan Family Occupations

What did your Shanahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shanahan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 22% of Shanahan's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Shanahan family was Carpenter. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shanahan.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shanahan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shanahan Historical Records

What Shanahan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Shanahan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shanahan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Shanahan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Shanahan. For the veterans among your Shanahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shanahan Life Expectancy

What is the average Shanahan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shanahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shanahan in 1940 was 27, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shanahan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shanahan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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