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Shiels Early Origins



The surname Shiels 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.

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Shiels Spelling Variations


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Shiels 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.

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Shiels Early History


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Shiels Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiels 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 Shiels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shiels Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shiels Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shiels In Ireland


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Shiels In Ireland



Some of the Shiels 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shiels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shiels, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1834

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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • William Shiels, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Alice Shiels, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Srah Shiels, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Shiels Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Shiels, aged 20, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Sarah Shiels, aged 22, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Jeremiah Shiels, aged 28, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shiels (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shiels (post 1700)



  • George Franklin Shiels (1863-1943), American surgeon, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Peter Shiels (b. 1973), Australian retired rugby league footballer
  • Sir Thomas Drummond Shiels MC (1881-1953), Scottish Labour politician
  • 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
  • Liam Shiels (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer
  • William Shiels (1848-1904), Australian colonial politician, the 16th Premier of Victoria
  • Dean Andrew Shiels (b. 1985), Northern Irish footballer

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Shiels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shiels Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 April 2015 at 09:30.

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