Shiels Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Shiels Family History

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.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Shiels Coat of Arms

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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