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This most interesting and unusual surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic "MacSceachain", composed of the Gaelic prefix "Mac", son of, and a personal name from "sceach", briar. This name belongs to the Oriel counties of Monaghan and north Louth, where it has often been changed to "Thornton". Skehan is also well known in Tipperary, and is found here with the Gaelic prefix "O", male descendant of (O'Seachain). Skehan is one of those names with which the Gaelic prefix "Mac" or "O" is seldom if ever retained in the Anglicized form.

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G Grandmother MARY SKEHAN born(C)1833 Ballyknaven County Clare. Went to Victoria Aust 1853 married John Casey. came to NZ the next year.

Alice Newton

It should have read 'great great grandparents were from County Clare, Ireland.

Alice Newton

My great grandparents were from County Clare. Emigrated to Canada sometime in the 17th century. Great great grandfather was Patrick Skehan and great great grandmother was Ann Ryan. Lived in Quebec, Canada


Mary SKEHAN born1832 County Clare. lived Ballyknaven father John Skehan mother nee SIMCOX married John CASEY WARNAMBOOL VICTORIA AUSTRALIA 1854. Came to New Zealand. Have family portraits taken in DUBLIN


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