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This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic "O'Searcaigh", composed of the elements "O", male descendant of, with "Searcach", a byname meaning "beloved". The name originated in County Tyrone, and is now to be found located in considerable numbers in various parts of the northern half of Ireland, chiefly in counties Roscommon, Donegal and Louth. It appears as O'Serky as well as O'Sharky in the 17th Century Hearth Money Rolls of County Monaghan; but the prefix "O", dropped in the 18th Century, has not been resumed to any extent. Seamus O'Sharkey, a Gaelic poet of the O'Naghten circle in the 1720's, wrote a love poem based on the fact that his surname derives from the Irish word "searc", meaning darling...

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Hi Colin. My great grandmother was Kathleen Sharkey and lived in Portadown, Co. Armagh. Im almost certain ive heard of a Henry and possibly a brother named George also. The family bred horses and were quite wealthy people. One of the first in the town to own a television set way back in the day so ive been told.

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Colin sharkey

Hello I’m a Sharkey living in Australia. I have traced my family back to Henry Sharkey born 1937 port Norris Armagh. He immigrated to Australia & married isabella Mary Matheson, born 1847. Henry’s parents may have been Patrick and Ellen, but we are not sure. We would be very grateful for any information anyone might have on our family. Thankyou Col


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