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Shiel Surname Origin
(Locality). A river and loch or lake, in the south-west of Inverness-shire, Scotland. Shiels were shepherd's huts, a term used by the Northumbrian Saxons, to denote the temporary shelters of shepherds.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Shiel Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Shiel Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes