Shiels Family History

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Shiels Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: variant of Shields.

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

Similar surnames: Shiel, Shields, Shiell, Shield, Sheils, Shely, Shives, Spiers, Shiers

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Shiels Family Origin

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Shiels Family Occupations

What did your Shiels ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Alderman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shiels. The most common Shiels occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Shiels's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shiels family was Baker.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Alderman

  • Baker


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

Shiels Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Shiels. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shiels 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Shiels. 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 Shiels. For the veterans among your Shiels ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shiels Life Expectancy

What is the average Shiels lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Shiels life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Shiels in 1957 was 39, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shiels

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shiels 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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