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Shiels Family History

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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Where is the Shiels family from?

You can see how Shiels families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shiels family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shiels families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 3 Shiels families living in Indiana. This was about 43% of all the recorded Shiels's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Shiels families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shiels surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shiels ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shiels. 20% of Shiels men worked as a Salesman and 13% of Shiels women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shiels were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housework
  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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