-Which over this Kinsale pub is spelt in Irish (Ó Sé). O’Shea is a name of Kerry origin (although one branch of the family headed off to Kilkenny a few hundred years ago).
Like most Gaelic surnames – it comes from what was originally a firstname. In Ireland over a thousand years ago, first names were descriptive – they described a quality, a trait or how you looked or came across. In this case the word is “séaghdha” which translates as “hawk-like” or “stately”.
So then, I suppose one of the translations of Kitty O’Shea is “Kittyhawk”
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