Shepardson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shepardson family

The surname Shepardson was first found in Durham in the north east of England where they were a family name of great antiquity.

Early History of the Shepardson family

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Shepardson Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Shepardson include Shipperdson, Shepperdson, Sheppardson, Shepperson and many more.

Early Notables of the Shepardson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Shepardson family to Ireland

Some of the Shepardson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shepardson migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Shepardson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Shepardson, who landed in New England in 1727 [1]

Australia Shepardson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shepardson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Shepardson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [2]
  • George Shepardson, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shepardson (post 1700) +

  • Ray Shepardson (1897-1975), American Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1924
  • Robert Shepardson, American founder of Shepardson Microsystems, Inc. (SMI) who created some of the first operating systems for Atari and Apple
  • Whitney Hart Shepardson (1890-1966), American businessman and foreign policy expert, he headed the Secret Intelligence Branch of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.[
  • William M. Shepardson, American politician, First Selectman of Middlebury, Connecticut, 1909-22 [4]
  • Walter A. Shepardson, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1910-13 [4]
  • Samuel Shepardson (1757-1813), American politician, Member of Vermont Governor's Council, 1803-08; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1808 [4]
  • John Shepardson (d. 1802), American politician, Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1778-79; Member of Vermont Governor's Council [4]
  • Herb J. Shepardson (b. 1957), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2004 [4]
  • Andrew Shepardson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1871-72 [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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