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Shepard Name Meaning

English: variant of Shepherd . Americanized form (translation into English) of French Berger . Americanized form of French Chabot and Chaput . Americanized form of some Jewish surname sounding like or meaning ‘shepherd’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Sheperd, Sheppard, Shephard, Sherard, Shapard, Shepherd, Sheward

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Where is the Shepard family from?

You can see how Shepard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shepard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shepard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 188 Shepard families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Shepard's in USA. New York had the highest population of Shepard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shepard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shepard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shepard. 16% of Shepard men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Shepard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shepard were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Shepard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shepard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Shepard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 38,000 military records available for the last name Shepard. For the veterans among your Shepard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shepard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shepard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shepard in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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