Early Origins of the Chields family
The surname Chields was 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.
Early History of the Chields family
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Chields Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Shiel, Shiell, Shiels, Shiells, Sheil, Sheill, Sheils, Sheills, Shield, Shields, O'Shiel, O'Shields and many more.
Early Notables of the Chields family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chields family to Ireland
Some of the Chields family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Chields family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Reverend Archibald Shields who led the first Virginian settlement also held estates in Jamaica. Thomas Shield settled in Virginia in 1638; Walter Shield settled there in 1650.
The Chields Motto
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.