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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shields

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Shields is of Irish origin and means "Comes from the Irish last name O' Shields meaning of shields".

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  1. plural of shield

Notable Persons Named Shields

Shields was born in 1836 in South Carolina, U.S. He passed away on December 16th, 1859.


Shields was born on February 26th, 1898 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He died on July 1st, 1980.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shields

Brooke Shields is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1966 to 1966. Brooke was given the name Brooke Christa Shields by her parents Francis Alexander Shields and Teri Shields on May 31st, 1965 in New York City, New York, U.S. Brooke is also known as Shields and Brooke Christa Camille.


Jake Shields is a martial artist. Jake was born on January 9th, 1979 in Summertown, TN, United States.


Marian was given the name Marian Lois Shields on July 30th, 1937 in Chicago.


Willow Shields is an actress. Willow was born on June 1st, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Claressa was born on March 17th, 1995 in Flint, Michigan.


Kevin Shields is an alternative rock, shoegazing, dream pop, noise pop, and ambient music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass, sampler, Sampler (musical instrument), Fender Jaguar, Fender Jazzmaster, and Mosrite. He was most prominent from 1979 to present. Kevin was given the name Kevin Patrick Shields on May 21st, 1963 in Queens, New York City.


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Popularity of Shields as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shields U.S.
  White 75.83% 64.26%
  African American 18.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shields

People with the last name Shields are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shields

  • How Popular is the name Shields? Shields is the 38,614th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shields was the 672nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shields have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 88 babies born with the first name Shields in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shields to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shields? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Shields first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shields is Friday, December 23rd, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Shields born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shields was in 1915 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Random Shields Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shields is not a popular baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Shields: Your name in reverse order is Sdleihs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dsshiel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shields? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 50,832 people with the last name Shields.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shields? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 17 of them will have Shields as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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