Origins Available: English, Irish
Early Origins of the Sheilds family
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 Sheilds family
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Sheilds Spelling Variations
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 Sheilds family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sheilds family to Ireland
Some of the Sheilds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sheilds family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sheilds Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sheilds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sheilds Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sheilds (post 1700)
The Sheilds 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.
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