Sheehy Family History

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Sheehy Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): reduced form of McSheehy, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Síthigh ‘son of Sítheach’, a personal name from the adjective sítheach ‘peaceful’ or ‘other worldly’. (The noun síth, from which this adjective derives, means basically ‘settlement’, hence both ‘peace’ and ‘place inhabited by other world beings’.) In some cases the name may be a reduced Anglicized form of Ó Síthigh, ‘descendant of Sítheach’, a later form of the Irish name.

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

Similar surnames: Sheedy, Sherry, Sheehan, Seery, Shealy, Heery, Sweeney, Heaphy, Sheen

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Sheehy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sheehy name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sheehy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Sheehy Family Origin

Where is the Sheehy family from?

Sheehy Family Occupations

What did your Sheehy ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Sheehy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Sheehy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheehy 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheehy. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Sheehy. For the veterans among your Sheehy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheehy Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheehy lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sheehy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sheehy in 1944 was 30, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheehy 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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