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Origin and popularity of the name SHIELD

Origin

Shield : 1: English: from Middle English s(c)held ‘hut’ (Old English sceld ‘shield’ in the sense ‘protection shelter’) synonymous with the word in Shell 2 but found across England.2: English: habitational name from one or more places called from Old English sceldu ‘shallow (water)’ perhaps including Shell Farm in Soham (Cambridgeshire).3: English: nickname perhaps for an armorer from Middle English sheld(e) shield(e) ‘shield’ (Old English scild sceld).4: English: perhaps from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Schild Scheld (Old English Sceld from sceld ‘shield’).5: Irish: variant of Shiel.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 2,496 individuals with the name SHIELD on Geneanet.

 

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    Variants of name SHIELD

    SCHIELD SHIEL SHIELDS SCHIELDS SHEILDS SHIELS