Sheppard Family History

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Sheppard Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Shepherd.

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

Similar surnames: Shephard, Shepperd, Shepard, Sheperd, Shepheard, Sherard, Leppard

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Sheppard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sheppard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sheppard. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Sheppard Family Origin

Where is the Sheppard family from?

Sheppard Family Occupations

What did your Sheppard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sheppard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Sheppard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sheppard family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sheppard.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Sheppard Historical Records

What Sheppard family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 368,000 census records available for the last name Sheppard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheppard 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheppard. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Sheppard. For the veterans among your Sheppard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sheppard Life Expectancy

What is the average Sheppard lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sheppard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sheppard in 1942 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sheppard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sheppard 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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