Shepherd Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Shepard, Shearer, Shephard, Shepperd, Sheperd, Shepheard, Scheper

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Shepherd Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shepherd name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Shepherd Family Origin

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Shepherd Family Occupations

What did your Shepherd ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shepherd occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Shepherd's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shepherd. A less common occupation for the Shepherd family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Shepherd Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 669,000 census records available for the last name Shepherd. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shepherd 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 53,000 immigration records available for the last name Shepherd. 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 74,000 military records available for the last name Shepherd. For the veterans among your Shepherd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shepherd Life Expectancy

What is the average Shepherd lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shepherd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Shepherd in 1941 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shepherd 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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