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Origins of the Shepherd surname

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What does the name Shepherd mean?

The origin of the Shepherd surname is English. It is a relatively humble name with roots in the occupation of the same name. It would have been given to those who watched and looked after sheep and their descendants. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is more prevalent in parts of the country that relied more heavily on the wool industry such as Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Alternative variations of the name Shepherd

Shepherd, Sheppard, Sheepherd, Shephard, Shephert

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Where do most Shepherds live?

In 1921, most Shepherds lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Shepherds

How common is your surname?

164th most common surname in the UK

We have 211,000 records for the Shepherd surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Shepherds most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Browns

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What are the most common Shepherd first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Shepherds

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Shepherds in 1921
Dressmaker

987

Cotton Weaver

540

Laundress

535

Domestic Servant

476

General Servant Domestic

476

Common Male occupations for Shepherds in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

841

Farmer

730

General Labourer

721

Coal Miner

717

Farm Labourer

487

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