Shiel Family History

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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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Shiel Family Origin

Where is the Shiel family from?

Shiel Family Occupations

What did your Shiel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shiel family was Carpenter. The most common Shiel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Shiel's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shiel.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Shiel Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Shiel Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shiel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shiel 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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