Sheehan Family History

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Sheehan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Sheehan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Síodhacháin ‘descendant of Síodhachán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of síodhach ‘peaceful’, the same word as sítheach. Compare Sheehy.

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

Similar surnames: Sheeran, Sheehy, Skehan, Meehan, Heelan, Heenan, Feehan, Deehan

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Sheehan Family Origin

Where is the Sheehan family from?

Sheehan Family Occupations

What did your Sheehan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sheehan family was Carpenter. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheehan. The most common Sheehan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 24% of Sheehan's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Sheehan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 197,000 census records available for the last name Sheehan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheehan 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 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheehan. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Sheehan. For the veterans among your Sheehan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheehan Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheehan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sheehan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Sheehan in 1941 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheehan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheehan 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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