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Shields Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Shields, an alternative Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Siadhail ‘descendant of Siadhal’. Northern English and Scottish: habitational name from a pair of places in Northumberland and County Durham (now both in Tyne and Wear) called North and South Shields, named with Middle English schele ‘shed’, ‘hut’, ‘shelter’. There has been much confusion between Shields and Shield and their variants.

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


Similar surnames: Shield, O'shields, Shiels, Field, Sheilds, Fields, Shiel, Deshields

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Shields Family Origin

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Shields Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    7%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Shoemaker

    2%
  • Farmer

    1%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Shields family was Farmer. Coal Miner, Labourer and Shoemaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shields. The most common Shields occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Shields's were Coal Miners.

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Shields Historical Records

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Shields Life Expectancy

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