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Origins of the Sheppard surname

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About the Sheppards

We have a total number of 123599 records for people with the last name Sheppard.

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Where do most Sheppards live?

In 1921, most Sheppards lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Sheppards

How common is your surname?

423rd most common surname in the UK

We have 108,000 records for the Sheppard surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Sheppards most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

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What are the most common Sheppard first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Sheppards

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

Common Female occupations for Sheppards in 1921
Dressmaker

477

Laundress

374

Domestic Servant

271

General Servant Domestic

264

Living On Own Means

200

Common Male occupations for Sheppards in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

485

General Labourer

458

Carpenter

349

Blacksmith

320

Coal Miner

273

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