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The many generations and branches of the Shepperd family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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.

Shepperd Early Origins



The surname Shepperd 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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Shepperd Spelling Variations


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Shepperd Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Shepperd were recorded, including Shepherd, Shephard, Sheppard, Sheppeard, Shepperd and others.

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Shepperd Early History


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Shepperd Early History



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

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Shepperd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Shepperd In Ireland


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Shepperd In Ireland



Some of the Shepperd 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Shepperd family emigrate to North America:

Shepperd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sara Shepperd, aged 2, landed in America in 1635
  • John Shepperd, who came to Virginia in 1638
  • John Shepperd, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Shepperd, who arrived in Virginia in 1640
  • William Shepperd, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shepperd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gapper Shepperd, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763-1765
  • Gasper Shepperd, who landed in New Jersey in 1764

Shepperd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Shepperd, who landed in America in 1801
  • Mary Shepperd, aged 38, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • James Shepperd, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • F M Shepperd, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Shepperd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Shepperd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Shepperd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Shepperd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepperd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepperd (post 1700)



  • Major General Donald William Shepperd (b. 1940), American director of the Air National Guard (1994-1998)
  • Augustine Henry Shepperd (1792-1864), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • John Ben Shepperd (1915-1990), American politician, Attorney General for Texas (1953-1957)
  • John Shepperd (b. 1937), English former cricketer and umpire
  • Robin Shepperd, British BAFTA Award nominated television director who has directed Lucky Jim, Octavia, Cherished, The Bad Mother's Handbook and many more

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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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See Also


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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)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  11. ...

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