Origins Available: English
This name was anglicized from Ó Siadhail in Gaelic, meaning an 'ancestor of Siadhail' (the prefix O denotes 'grandfather of'). Siadhail has been translated to mean 'sloth' or 'sluggishness'. As this name is descriptive of its original bearer, it is considered to be a nickname
. However, many Irish of this name originally came from England
where the name Shields is derived from an Old English word meaning 'shed' or 'hut' - a somewhat more flattering meaning.
Early Origins of the Sheil family
The surname Sheil was first found in the Ulster
region counties of Donegal
, Derry, Antrim and Down. This family are reputed to be descendents of the great King Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Early History of the Sheil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheil research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1545, 1677, 1745, 1693, 1698, 1800, 1879, 1886 and 1949 are included under the topic Early Sheil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sheil Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Shiel, Sheilles, Sheild, Sheill, Sheels, Sheils, Sheil, Shield, Shields, Shieles, Shiels, Shiells, Shielles, Shiell, Sheills, Sheilds and many more.
Early Notables of the Sheil family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Luke O'Shiell (1677-1745), Irish Jacobite
, born in Dublin
who emigrated to Nantes, France after the Irish defeat, father of Mary O'Shiell, a French-Irish businessperson in Nantes and her sisters Agnés O'Shiell and Anne O'Shiell, founder of the family manor of the O'Shiell... Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sheil family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sheil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lawrence, Catherine, and Jane Sheil (l), who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1850
Sheil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary A. Sheil, aged 20, a cook, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Sheil (post 1700)
- Bernard James Sheil (1888-1969), American Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of Chicago
- Walter N. "Wally" Sheil (1929-2002), American education administrator and politician
- Dennis R. Sheil, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1875 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Edward Sheil (1851-1915), Irish nationalist politician
- Richard Lalor Sheil (1791-1851), Irish politician, writer and orator
- Ainslie Glenister Ross Sheil (b. 1933), Australian rugby union player
- Norman Sheil (b. 1932), retired English racing cyclist
- Kate Sheil, Australian stage and television actress
- Laurence Bonaventure Sheil (1815-1872), Australian clergyman and the third Bishop of Adelaide
- Glenister Fermoy Sheil (1929-2008), Australian politician
Historic Events for the Sheil family
- Mr. Michael S. Sheil, English Saloon Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
The Sheil 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: Omne solum forti patria
Motto Translation: Every land is a native country to a brave man