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The surname Shields 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shiel, Shiell, Shiels, Shiells, Sheil, Sheill, Sheils, Sheills, Shield, Shields, O'Shiel, O'Shields and many more.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shields Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shields Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Shields, who landed in Carolina in 1724

Shields Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Shields, who landed in America in 1807
  • Alexander Shields, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Peter Shields, who arrived in America in 1808
  • George Shields, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Frindley Shields, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
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Shields Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Shields U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Shields U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Shields Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Shields, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • William Shields who migrated from Edinburgh was keeper of Cape Spear Lighthouse, Newfoundland and died in 1836

Shields Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Shields, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Shields arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849
  • Archibald Shields, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Catherine Shields, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Rosanna Shields, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
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Shields Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shields arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852
  • William Shields arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Euphemia Shields arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Patrick Shields arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Catherine Shields arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
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  • Brooke Christa Shields (b. 1965), American actress, author and model
  • Benjamin Glover Shields (b. 1808), American politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1834; U.S. Representative from Alabama at-large, 1841-43; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Venezuela, 1845
  • B. F. Shields, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1956, 1960
  • B. F. Shields, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1920, 1924, 1940
  • Ann Marie Shields, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • A. S. L. Shields, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1900, 1904
  • Bernice Shields, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984
  • Brad Shields, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Board of Education 10th District, 2000
  • Carole Shields, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Charles Shields, American politician, Mayor of West Linn, Oregon, 1923-24
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Shields Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Retta Shields, American 1st Class Passenger from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Victor E. Shields, American 1st Class Passenger from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • Brooke's Book: Ancestry of Brooke Shields by Daniel MacGregor.
  • Shields Family.
  • Irish Origins of the Shields Family by John Edgar Shields.
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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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    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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