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SHARKEY Family HistoryThis 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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My ggg grandparents were John Sharkie and Margaret McGhee. They left Ireland sometime between 1838 and 1841 , and were living in Baldernock Scotland. In 1841.
Their children were, Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth. And Patrick.
iI was contacted by a DNA match in Ancestry whose father was Patrick Sharkie, her great grandfather Patrick Sharkie and her great great grandfather Jack Sharkie, whose wife was Kathleen. She told me the family was from Portadown, Armagh and that the family were all horse people who were wealthy at one time. She said they were all buried in Portadown.
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