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Shiel Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Shield 2. Irish: variant of Shields.

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


Similar surnames: Shiels, Shield, Shiell, Shier, Shirer, Shely, Schiel, Shiu, Shimel

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Where is the Shiel family from?

You can see how Shiel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shiel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shiel families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Shiel families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Shiel's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Shiel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shiel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shiel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shiel. 18% of Shiel men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Shiel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shiel were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Waitress
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Shiel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shiel 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Shiel. 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 Shiel. For the veterans among your Shiel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shiel lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Shiel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shiel in 1962 was 76, and 73 in 2004.

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