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 Shiels family
The surname Shiels 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 Shiels family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiels 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 Shiels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shiels 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 Shiels 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 Shiels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shiels family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shiels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Shiels, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Shiels Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Margaret Shiels, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1844
Shiels Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret Shiels, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
- William Shiels, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
- Alice Shiels, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
- Srah Shiels, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
Shiels Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary Shiels, aged 20, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
- Sarah Shiels, aged 22, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
- Jeremiah Shiels, aged 28, a ploughman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name Shiels (post 1700)
- George Franklin Shiels (1863-1943), American surgeon, Medal of Honor recipient
- Brendan Ian "Brush" Shiels (b. 1946), Irish musician from Dublin
- Kenny Shiels (b. 1956), Northern Irish former football player and current manager
- Paul Shiels (b. 1980), Irish footballer
- Dean Andrew Shiels (b. 1985), Northern Irish footballer
- Peter Shiels (b. 1973), Australian retired rugby league footballer
- Sir Thomas Drummond Shiels MC (1881-1953), Scottish Labour politician
- Liam Shiels (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer
- William Shiels (1848-1904), Australian colonial politician, the 16th Premier of Victoria
The Shiels 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