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Shepherd Family History

Shepherd Name Meaning
English: from Middle English schepherde ‘shepherd’ (composed of words meaning ‘sheep’ + ‘herdsman’ or ‘guardian’), hence an occupational name for a shepherd. This English form of the name has absorbed cognates and equivalents from several other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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877,990 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
65,347 Military Records
47,548 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Shepherd Families

  • Number of Shepherd families
     217 - 431
     73 - 216
     1 - 72
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shepherd families
     1,898 - 3,793
     633 - 1,897
     1 - 632
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shepherd families
     280 - 558
     94 - 279
     1 - 93
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shepherd Family Origin

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Shepherd Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shepherd

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Shepherd Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Shepherd Civil War Service Records

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