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Shield Family History

Shield Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for an armorer, from Middle English scheld ‘shield’ (Old English scild, sceld). English: topographic name for someone who lived near the shallow part of a river, from Middle English scheld ‘shallow place’ (Old English sceldu, scieldu). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Siadhail ‘descendant of Siadhal’ (see Shields).

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


Similar surnames: Shields, Child, Schild, Hill, Field, Shedd, Shiel, Shell, Schied

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Where is the Shield family from?

You can see how Shield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shield families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Shield families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Shield's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Shield families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shield surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shield ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shield. 24% of Shield men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Shield women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shield were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Shield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shield 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shield. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Shield. For the veterans among your Shield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shield lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Shield in 1952 was 47, and 66 in 2004.

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