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Where did the English Shields family come from? What is the English Shields family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shields family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shields family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Shiel, Shiell, Shiels, Shiells, Sheil, Sheill, Sheils, Sheills, Shield, Shields, O'Shiel, O'Shields and many more.
First found in Berwickshire where the name was local in origin. The Middle English version of the name was "schele" or "skali" which was "used first of a shepherd's summer-hut or small house." This distinguished Clan took their name from the reivers small houses or huts which abounded on the eastern English/Scottish border. Robbie Burns included the line "the swallow jinkin around my shiel." North Shields and South Shields located on the north bank of the River Tyne and the mouth of the same river date back to 1225-1245, but there is no record of any relationship to the surname.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shields research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1296, 1403, 1515, 1702, 1707, 1783, 1660, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Shields History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shields Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Shields family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shields Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Shields Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.
The Shields Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shields Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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