Shield Family History

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Shield Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from Middle English scheld ‘shield’ (Old English scild, sceld). English: topographic name for someone who lived near the shallow part of a river, from Middle English scheld ‘shallow place’ (Old English sceldu, scieldu). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Siadhail ‘descendant of Siadhal’ (see Shields).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Shields, Child, Schild, Hill, Field, Shedd, Shiel, Shell, Schied

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Shield Family Origin

Where is the Shield family from?

Shield Family Occupations

What did your Shield ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Shield occupation in the UK was Coal Miner . 9% of Shield's were Coal Miner s. A less common occupation for the Shield family was Annuitant. Coal Miner , Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shield.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shield ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shield Historical Records

What Shield family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Shield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shield census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shield. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Shield. For the veterans among your Shield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shield Life Expectancy

What is the average Shield lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Shield in 1952 was 47, and 66 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shield

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shield ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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