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Shields Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Shields, an alternative Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Siadhail ‘descendant of Siadhal’. Northern English and Scottish: habitational name from a pair of places in Northumberland and County Durham (now both in Tyne and Wear) called North and South Shields, named with Middle English schele ‘shed’, ‘hut’, ‘shelter’. There has been much confusion between Shields and Shield and their variants.

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

Similar surnames: Shield, O'shields, Shiels, Field, Sheilds, Fields, Shiel, Deshields

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Shields Family Origin

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Shields Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Shields occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Shields's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shields. A less common occupation for the Shields family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Shields Historical Records

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Shields Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, Shields life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Shields in 1940 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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