Shephard Family History

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Shephard Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Shepherd.

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


Similar surnames: Sheppard, Shepheard, Shepard, Shepherd, Sheperd, Shepperd, Shapard

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Shephard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shephard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Shephard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    51%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Shephard Family Origin

Where is the Shephard family from?

Shephard Family Occupations

What did your Shephard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shephard family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shephard. The most common Shephard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Shephard's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shephard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shephard Historical Records

What Shephard family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 124,000 census records available for the last name Shephard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shephard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Shephard. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Shephard. For the veterans among your Shephard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shephard Life Expectancy

What is the average Shephard lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Shephard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shephard in 1944 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shephard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shephard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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