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