Shay

SHEA is a very common name in Ireland, with origins in the south and west. SHAY is a phonetic corruption of SHEA, which is derived from O'SHEA and, in turn, derived from Ó Séaghdha.

Facts

  • Origin: County Kerry, Ireland
  • Surname Type: patronymic
  • Meaning: (1) descendant of Séaghdha; (2) 'fine' or 'fortunate'
  • Soundex: S000
  • Spelling Variations Found: SHAY, SHEA

Shay Family

  1. Patrick SHAY/SHEA (1818-1896) married Ellen / Eleanor DRISCOLL (1819-1912) emigrated in 1872, probably with their children.
    1. James P. SHAY (1857-1887) married two or three times including Katherine C. CLANCY (1867-1922) and Ellen DOWLING (1862-1948). No children. Note birth year for James and Jeremiah are an issue.
    2. Jeremiah M. "Jerry" SHAY (1857-1937) married Jane A. GRADY (1859-1926)
      1. Patrick Henry "Pat" SHAY (1881-?) married Rhoda E. MILLER (1883-1956)
        1. Sarah H. SHAY (1902-1960)
      2. Mary Ellen "Mayme" SHAY (1882-?) married E. Cassell ESCHELMAN, no children.
      3. Katharine / Katheryn M. "Kate" SHAY (1884-?) maried Arthur E. SNEDECKER (1885-1943)
        1. Clifford E. SNEDECKER (1908-1977)
        2. Katherine SNEDECKER (1911-?)
      4. James Joseph "Jim" SHAY (1885-1948) married Ella S. MC CLOSKEY (1885-1951)
        1. Faye E. (1904-1957)
        2. Lawrence E. (1906-1967)
        3. Dorothy E. "Dot" (1908-?)
        4. John F. (1910-1983)
        5. Robert J. (1915-?)
        6. Howard J. (1918-1960)
        7. William L. "Bill" (1922-1999)
        8. Paul M, (1927-2000)
      5. Jane Loretta "Jen" SHAY (1887-1965) married Raymond WALL (1880-1931)
        1. Marguerite J. WALL (1916-1978)
        2. Mary Louise WALL (1918-1977)
      6. Helena Adalaide "Lena" SHAY (1892-1963) married Elmer MC CRACKEN (1892-1951)
        1. Mary E. MC CRACKEN (1918-?)
        2. Jame MC CRACKEN (1919-?)
        3. Donalt E. MC CRACKEN (1923-?)
        4. James J. MC CRACKEN (1925-?)
      7. Elizabeeth Lucille "Liz" SHAY (1893-1977) married Joseph Eugene DALY (1892-1945)
      8. Jeremiah SHAY (~1896-~1899), died of "summer's complaint"
      9. Arthur Leo SHAY (1897-1978) married Effie M. CAMP (1902-?)
        1. Arthur L. Jr (1919-1966)
      10. Franccis SHAY (~1898-~1899), died of "summer's complaint"
      11. Margaret Francis deSalles "Desaalles" SHAY (1899-?) married William KING (1891-?)
        1. Muriel H. KING (1931-?)
        2. Janice L. KING (1937-?)
      12. Adrian Cyril SHAY (1902-?) maried Hazel GERNET (1903-?)
        1. Adrian C. (1923-?)
        2. Richard G. (1928-1943)
        3. Barbara A. (1934-?)
      13. John Paul "Paul" SHAY (1904-1973) married Joanne / Jeanne M. HOGAN (1910-?)
        1. John "Jack" (193-2014)
        2. Nancy (1935)
      14. Muriel Louise "Louise" SHAY (1905-1995) married Richard D. FAHEY (1902-1965)
        1. Philip P. FAHEY (1927-2008)
        2. Frederick R. FAHEY (1929-?)
        3. Russell FAHEY (1937)
      15. stillborn boy Shay (1907)
    3. Mary J.. SHAY (1860-?) married John MC NIFF (1851-1914), his second marriage
      1. Agnes MC NIFF (1891-?)
      2. Carharine E. MC NIFF (1892-?) married Leonard C. GRIDLEY, Jr. (1890-1974)
        1. Jean GRIDLEY (1920-?)
        2. John C. GRIDLEY (1923-?)
      3. Helen MC NIFF (1895-?) became a nun and teacher.
      4. Gertrude MC NIFF (1896-?) married Joseph T. GUTH (1896-?)
        1. Helen GUTH (1924-?)
        2. Johseph T. GUTH (1928-?)
      5. Martin MC NIFF (1899-1918), train accident.
    4. Patrick H. SHAY (1864-1897), train accident.
    5. Catharine SHAY (1865-1888), no children.
    6. Ellen / Eleanor D. SHAY (1867-1913) married James H. MURPHY (1868-?)
      1. James H. MURPHY Jr (1893-1915)
      2. Martin H. MURPHY (1896-?)
      3. Johhn E. MURPHY (1898-?)
      4. Eleanor E. MURPHY (1901-?)
      5. Alice C. MURPHY (1903-?)
      6. Anna C. MURPHY (1904-?)
      7. Mary L. MURPHY (1907-?)

Immigrant(s)

  • Patrick SHAY
  • Eleanor Driscoll SHAY
  • James P. SHAY
  • Jeremiah M. SHAY
  • Mary J. SHAY
  • Patrick H. SHAY
  • Catherine SHAY
  • Eleanor D. SHAY

External Links

  • Ancestry.com Meaning/Facts for SHEA (link)