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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

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Shields Family Origin

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Shields Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

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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Shields Life Expectancy

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Famous Shields Family

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Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
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James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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