Shepherd name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shepherd mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shepherd

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Shepherd is of Anglo-Saxon origin and means "Sheep: Old English sceap, Old Frisian skep, Old Saxon scap, Old High German scaf. Herder: a person who cares for or drives herds of cattle or flocks of sheep, esp on an open range".
  2. A submission from the United States says the name Shepherd means "Sheep herder".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shep"herd
  1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large.
  2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others.

Etymology: OE. schepherde schephirde, AS. sceáphyrde; sceáp sheep + hyrde hirde heorde, a herd, a guardian. See Sheep, and Herd

verb Shep"herd
To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
  2. A clergyman who watches over a group of people
  3. Tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
  4. Watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils

From Middle English schepherde, from Old English scēaphyrde, a compound of scēap (“sheep”) and hierde (“herdsman”), equivalent to modern sheep +‎ herd (“herder”).

  1. A person who tends sheep, especially a grazing flock.
  2. (figuratively) Someone who watches over, looks after, or guides somebody.
  3. (figuratively) The pastor of a church; one who guides others in religion.

Notable Persons Named Shepherd

Notable Persons Named Shepherd

Shepherd Book

Shepherd Book is a preacher.

Shepherd Mead

Shepherd was born in 1914. He breathed his last breath in 1994.

Shepherd Clark

Shepherd was born on March 1st, 1971.

Shepherd Leffler

Shepherd was born on April 24th, 1811. He died on September 7th, 1879.

Shepherd Murape

Shepherd Murape is an athlete for the Dynamos F.C. and Zimbabwe national football team. Shepherd was born in Rhodesia.

Shepherd Dawson

Shepherd was born in 1880 in Whitehaven. He breathed his last breath in 1935.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shepherd

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd

Cybill Shepherd is an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 1971 to present. Cybill was born on February 18th, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Derek Shepherd

Derek Shepherd is an attending neurosurgeon, board member at grey sloan memorial hospital, and attending physician.

Amelia Shepherd

Amelia Shepherd is a head of neurosurgery, at grey sloan memorial hospital, neurosurgeon at seaside health, wellness, and neurosurgery.

Scott Shepherd

Scott Shepherd is an actor. He has been prominent since 2011.

Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd is an author, actress, television personality, and comedian. Sherri was given the name Sherri Evonne Shepherd on April 22nd, 1967 in Chicago.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a blues rock, blues, rock music, roots rock, and hard rock musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Fender Stratocaster, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1990. Kenny was given the name Kenny Wayne Brobst on June 12th, 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  • Morgan Shepherd
    Nascar Driver
  • William M. Shepherd
    United States Navy Seals
  • Grum
  • Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.
    Military Person
  • Austin Shepherd
    Football Player
  • Alexander Robey Shepherd
  • Peter Shepherd
  • Sir Richard Shepherd
    For Aldridge-Brownhills
  • Brad Shepherd
  • Magnes the shepherd
  • Waen Shepherd
    Comic Actor
  • Karen F. Shepherd

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shepherd U.S.
  White 78.64% 64.26%
  African American 15.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shepherd

People with the last name Shepherd are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shepherd

  • What name lists does Shepherd rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Shepherd? Shepherd is the 5,560th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shepherd was the 557th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shepherd have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,845 babies born with the first name Shepherd in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shepherd to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shepherd? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shepherd first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shepherd is Monday, September 18th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Shepherd born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shepherd was in 2019 with a total of 427 babies.
  • Random Shepherd Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shepherd is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Florida have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Shepherd: The name spelled backwards is Drehpehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rdeesphh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shepherd? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 60,479 people with the last name Shepherd.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shepherd? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 21 of them will have Shepherd as their last name.
  • Shepherd name meaning

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