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The name Shephard comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as a shepherd, the guardian of the sheep. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word sceap, meaning sheep and hierde meaning herdsman. While this traditional understand of the surname's meaning is in many ways self explanatory today, in examining the Coat of Arms invariably we find battle axes. This is not surprising as the ancient shepherds were employed to dig sod around the embattlements of a Saxon village as a means of defense, hence the term "the shepherd's ring." Their tools were battle axes.

Shephard Early Origins



The surname Shephard was first found in the Southern counties of England, where they could be found from early times. Early recorded instances of the name include William Sepherd listed in Rotuli Hundredorum, in Oxfordshire in 1279. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The same rolls listed Margaret le Sephirde in Huntingdon and Walter le Schepherde in Cambridgeshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Henry Sephurde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex of 1296 while Walter le Shepperde was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1307. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Shephard Spelling Variations


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Shephard Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Shephard have been found, including: Shepherd, Shephard, Sheppard, Sheppeard, Shepperd and others.

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Shephard Early History


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Shephard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shephard research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1317, 1327, 1399, 1413, 1515, 1559, 1605, 1649, 1635, 1648, 1720, 1634, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Shephard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shephard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shephard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Shepherd, alias Thwattes, of Derbyshire, who were a noble family during the reign of Henry IV (ruled 1399-1413); John Sheppard (c.1515-1559) English composer & organist, considered one of the finest English church composers of the Tudor era; Thomas Shepard (1605-1649), born in Towcester...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shephard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shephard In Ireland


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Shephard In Ireland



Some of the Shephard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Shephard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Shephard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Humphrey Shephard, who came to Boston in 1635

Shephard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Shephard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Patrick Shephard, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • D A Shephard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J L N Shephard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • George Shephard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shephard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Shephard, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Shephard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Shephard arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Anne Shephard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849
  • Hannibal Shephard (aged 21), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Shephard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Shephard, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Shephard, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Fanny Shephard, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • James Shephard, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Shephard, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shephard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shephard (post 1700)



  • Ruth L. Shephard, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County 1st District, 1948
  • Robert C. Shephard, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1925
  • J. H. Shephard, American Democrat politician, Chair of Hamilton County Democratic Party, 1950
  • Mrs. Hugh Shephard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952
  • Harvey Shephard, American politician, Postmaster at Dallas, Texas, 1865
  • George W. Shephard, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1889
  • Clay C. Shephard, American politician, Mayor of Bend, Oregon, 1977
  • Isaac F. Shephard, American Union Civil War officer
  • Quinn Shephard, American actress
  • Ronald William Shephard (1912-1982), American Professor of Engineering Science at the University of California
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Shephard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shephard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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