English or Irish surname
"hut; son of Siadhal"

Shields Origin and Meaning

The name Shields is a boy's name meaning "hut; son of Siadhal".

As an English surname, Shields comes from the Middle English word scheld, meaning "hut" or "shelter." (This is also how the word "shell" was derived). The Irish Shields is an Anglicized form of Ó Siadhail — Siadhal may mean "slow-moving slothful."