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Shield Family History

Shield Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English s(c)held ‘hut’ (Old English sceld ‘shield’ in the sense ‘protection shelter’) synonymous with the word in Shell 2 but found across England. English: habitational name from one or more places called from Old English sceldu ‘shallow (water)’ perhaps including Shell Farm in Soham (Cambridgeshire). English: nickname perhaps for an armorer from Middle English sheld(e) shield(e) ‘shield’ (Old English scild sceld). English: perhaps from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Schild Scheld (Old English Sceld from sceld ‘shield’). Irish: variant of Shiel .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Shields, Child, Schild, Hill, Field, Shedd, Shiel, Shell, Schied

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Where is the Shield family from?

You can see how Shield families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shield family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shield families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 60 Shield families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Shield's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Shield families in 1911.
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What did your Shield ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Shield. 72% of Shield men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    72%
  • Teamster
    6%
  • Logger
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Shield. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shield 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 Shield. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Shield. For the veterans among your Shield ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shield lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Shield life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Shield in 1952 was 47, and 66 in 2004.

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