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Shields Family History

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’. GFB There has been much confusion between Shields and Shield and their variants.

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

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369,027 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
56,575 Military Records
35,845 Immigration Records
309,225 Census and Voter Lists
871,747 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shields Families

  • Number of Shields families
     458 - 913
     153 - 457
     1 - 152
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shields families
     340 - 677
     114 - 339
     1 - 113
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shields families
     521 - 1,039
     174 - 520
     1 - 173
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shields Family Origin

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Shields Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Shields

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Shields Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Shields Civil War Service Records

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