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Sheilds Name Meaning

Irish, English, and Scottish: variant spelling of Shields.

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


Similar surnames: Sheils, Shields, Neild, Shead, Hails, Shilts, Neils, Hinds, Sheil

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Where is the Sheilds family from?

You can see how Sheilds families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheilds family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheilds families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Sheilds families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Sheilds's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sheilds families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sheilds surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sheilds ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sheilds. 28% of Sheilds men worked as a Builders Labourer and 77% of Sheilds women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheilds were Barman and Capstan Lathe Hand.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
    28%
  • Railway Porter
    19%
  • Boot Repairer
    19%
  • Barman
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Private Means
    6%
  • Cotton Weaver
    4%
  • Capstan Lathe Hand
    4%
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Census Records

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Sheilds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheilds census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheilds. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Sheilds. For the veterans among your Sheilds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sheilds lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Sheilds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Sheilds in 1966 was 81, and 65 in 2004.

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