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The Anglo-Saxon name Sheppard comes from when its first bearer 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.

Sheppard Early Origins



The surname Sheppard 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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Sheppard Spelling Variations


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Sheppard Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sheppard include Shepherd, Shephard, Sheppard, Sheppeard, Shepperd and others.

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Sheppard Early History


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Sheppard Early History



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

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Sheppard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Sheppard In Ireland


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Sheppard In Ireland



Some of the Sheppard 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sheppard or a variant listed above:

Sheppard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ould Sheppard, and his son, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Lieutenant Sheppard, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Ould Sheppard, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Sheppard, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Ralph Sheppard, aged 29, arrived in America in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheppard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Sheppard, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Anne Sheppard, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • William Sheppard, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Eliza Sheppard, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaret Sheppard, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheppard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Sheppard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • James D Sheppard, who landed in New York in 1830
  • George G Sheppard, who landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • I B Sheppard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J W Sheppard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheppard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Sheppard, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901

Sheppard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin Sheppard U.E. who settled in St. David, Charlotte County, 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
  • Mr. Jacob Sheppard U.E. who settled in St. David, Charlotte County, 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
  • Mr. Joseph Sheppard U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, 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
  • Mr. Richard Sheppard U.E. who settled in St. David, Charlotte County, 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
  • Mr. Samuel Sheppard U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheppard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Sheppard, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland

Sheppard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sheppard, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Thomas Sheppard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • William Sheppard, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • James Sheppard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aztec" in 1851
  • Thomas Carpenter Sheppard, aged 21, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheppard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Sheppard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • F. Sheppard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • R. Sheppard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • James Sheppard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Robert Sheppard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheppard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheppard (post 1700)



  • T. G. Sheppard (b. 1944), born Billy Neal Browder, an American country music singer
  • Samuel Holmes "Sam" Sheppard (1923-1970), American osteopathic physician and professional wrestler who was found guilty and later absolved in the murder of his wife
  • Lito Decorian Sheppard (b. 1981), American NFL football cornerback
  • Scott S. Sheppard, American astronomer in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Morris Sheppard (1875-1941), American lawyer and politician from Texas, who was a Congressman (1902-1903), and Senator (1913-1941)
  • Melvin Whinfield "Peerless Mel" Sheppard (1883-1942), American athlete, runner, who won four gold medals at the 1908 Summer Olympics and 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Mark Andreas Sheppard (b. 1964), English actor and musician
  • Jack "John" Sheppard (1702-1724), notorious English robber, burglar and thief, his short criminal career, inspiration for the character of Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728) and the novel Jack Sheppard (1840)
  • The Reverend Revett Sheppard (1778-1830), English malacologist, Fellow of the Linnean Society
  • David Stuart Sheppard (1929-2005), English cricketer, and later, a bishop of the Church of England, Life Peer Baron Sheppard of Liverpool in 1998
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sheppard Historic Events


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Sheppard Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James Richard  Sheppard (1865-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  Sheppard, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Frank William  Sheppard (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leonard F G Sheppard (b. 1905), English Petty Officer 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Sheppard


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Suggested Readings for the name Sheppard



  • My North Carolina Ancestors Jennifer M. Sheppard.
  • Sheppard-Marshall and Allied Families by Lillian A. Sheppard.

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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. ^ 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) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Sheppard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheppard 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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