When William Hagerman Shields was born in 1868, in Illinois, United States, his father, Joseph Shields, was 44 and his mother, Mary Jane Tarr, was 33. He married Estella Fisher about 1888, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Jackson Township, Shelby, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 25 March 1952, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 84.
English: variant of Shield 1 (and perhaps occasionally 2, 3, and 4) with plural or post-medieval excrescent -s. In the plural form, the surname may also be topographic, for someone who lived in or near some huts, or habitational, from a place so named, such as North Shields (Northumberland) and South Shields (Durham), though these are unlikely to be the main sources of the surname.
Irish: shortened form of O'Shields , an alternative Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Siadhail; see Shiel .