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The Shepherd name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Shepherd was originally a name given to someone who 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.

Shepherd Early Origins



The surname Shepherd 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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Shepherd Spelling Variations


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Shepherd Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Shepherd are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Shepherd include: Shepherd, Shephard, Sheppard, Sheppeard, Shepperd and others.

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Shepherd Early History


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Shepherd Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shepherd 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 Shepherd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shepherd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shepherd 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 Shepherd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shepherd In Ireland


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Shepherd In Ireland



Some of the Shepherd 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Shepherd or a variant listed above:

Shepherd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Shepherd, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward and Violet Shepherd, and their three children, who came to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Edward Shepherd, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Mary Shepherd, who landed in Maryland in 1640
  • William Shepherd, who arrived in Maryland in 1640
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shepherd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Shepherd, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Elizabeth Shepherd, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1726
  • Thomas Shepherd, who landed in America in 1726
  • Dorothy Shepherd, a bonded passenger, who came to Virginia in 1753
  • Mr. Shepherd, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1773

Shepherd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Shepherd, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Philip Shepherd, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Maurice Shepherd, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Andrew Shepherd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Elizabeth Shepherd, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shepherd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Shepherd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1748
  • Andw Shepherd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. William Shepherd U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Shepherd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Shepherd, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Thomas Shepherd, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • John Shepherd, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • James Shepherd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caleb Angas" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  • Thomas Shepherd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orissa" in 1841 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORISSA 1841 - Captain Salmon. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841Orissa.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shepherd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shepherd landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Shepherd landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Alexander Shepherd landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Shepherd landed in Whangaroa, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Shepherd, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepherd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepherd (post 1700)



  • William M. Shepherd, American Republican politician, Mayor of St. Joseph, Missouri, 1890-96
  • William M. Shepherd, American politician, Member of California State Assembly from San Joaquin District, 1850-51
  • William M. Shepherd, American politician, Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Washington, 1835; Texas Republic Secretary of the Navy, 1837-38
  • William C. Shepherd, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1844
  • William Shepherd, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • William Shepherd, American Republican politician, Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1899-1902; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1904
  • Walton Shepherd, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates; Elected 1974, 1984
  • William Shepherd, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1830
  • W. E. Shepherd, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1904
  • Travis Shepherd, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 92nd District, 2012
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Shepherd Historic Events


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Shepherd Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. David John Shepherd (1902-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist from Sans Souci, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Horwood Shepherd (1917-1941), Australian Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from West Midland, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percy R Shepherd (b. 1916), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Gosport, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Lambert C Shepherd (b. 1911), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hale, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George V Shepherd (b. 1905), English Chief Engine Room Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Cyril H Shepherd (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Copnor, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Smith Shepherd, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Ralph Alfred Shepherd, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Johnathan Shepherd (d. 1912), aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Shepherd


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Suggested Readings for the name Shepherd



  • The History of the Shepherd Family by Robert Sidney Shepherd.
  • Thrice Three Times Told Tales by Mary Waller Shepherd Soper.
  • William G. Shepherd (also Shepard) Family Story and Genealogy by Ralph W. Hedrick.

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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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORISSA 1841 - Captain Salmon. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841Orissa.gif

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Shepherd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shepherd 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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