If you are conducting some Shiels family history research then you can view the Shiels coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Shiels surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'
The names Shiels and Shields in
Ireland both derive from the native
Gaelic O'Siadhail Sept that was
located in Donegal, Down and Offaly.
It is in these Counties that the
majority of descendants can
still be found.
The Sept was renowned for their
skill as physicians.
A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.
|Argent/White or Silver||Denotes Peace and Sincerity.|
|Gules/Red||'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.|
|Hand||Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice|
|The Lion||Emblem of Deathless Courage|
|Mullet/Star of Five Points||Denotes Virtue, Learning, and Piety.|
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