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McShane - Johnson - MacSeáin

In general, the Clan McShane is an Ulster clan. The O'Neill Mor ruled all of northern Ireland for centuries. As second and third sons grew up, often Kings would give them Lordships or tracts of land away from the main royal holdings. The McShane's were just such a family.

Times have been difficult on the McShanes of northern Ireland. Some families had to changed their name toMcShane Crest Johnson during the early 18th Century to meet the law requirement of no Gaelic surnames.

The families of McShane, Johnson, and MacSeáin all are inter-related back to Ireland. Other names to include are Shane, MacSeáin, Shand, O'Chane, all theses have ties to McShane.

McShane is a name that tends to show up at different times throughout history and not absolutely tied to one bloodline. Because the name means "son of John" there have been many folks who have taken the name at different times in history. There are a lot of different stories about how the names changed, but generally, the name all started with "Mac Shane" or son of John. If you are related to one of these families, you are encouraged to make contact at this site. The Clan Association is brand new, and membership participation is key to their future success. The Irish Clans are only starting down the road the Scots Clans have already paved. However, with a growing membership and participation, we too can form the family ties our Gaelic cousins enjoy.

McShane - Johnson - MacSeáin Website


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