Shanahan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Shanahan Family History

If you are conducting some Shanahan family history research then you can view the Shanahan coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Shanahan surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The Irish name Shanahan is derived from the native Gaelic O'Seanachain Sept that was located in the West of the country and in County Clare especially. This name is now widespread throughout the Province of Munster where the name Shannon can also be found as a variant.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Shanahan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Mullet/Star of Five Points Denotes Virtue, Learning, and Piety.
The Wolf Symbolising the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or industry
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