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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sheppard

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From shepherd.

  1. An English surname​

Notable Persons Named Sheppard

Sheppard Solomon is a pop music, rock music, rhythm, and blues songwriter. Sheppard was born on December 12th, 1965 in New York City, New York, U.S.


Sheppard Frere was a scientist in the field of archaeology. Sheppard was born on August 23rd, 1916. He passed away on February 26th, 2015.


His military service ended in 1945. Sheppard was born on July 20th, 1885. He passed away in 1968.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sheppard

Sam Sheppard was a doctor of osteopathic medicine and professional wrestling. Sam was born on December 29th, 1923 in Cleveland. Sam is also known as The Killer" and The Killer" (wrestling name). He left this life on April 6th, 1970.


Mark Sheppard is an actor. He was most active from 1992 to present. Mark was given the name Mark Andreas Sheppard by his parent W. Morgan Sheppard on May 30th, 1964 in London. Mark is also known as Mark A. Sheppard and Mark "Empire" Sheppard.


Audrey Williams was a country music, western music (north america), gospel music, blues, honky-tonk, and folk music musician. She was most active from 1937 to 1975. Audrey was given the name Audrey Mae Sheppard on February 28th, 1923 in Banks, Alabama. She passed away on November 4th, 1975.


W. Morgan Sheppard is an actor. He was most active from 1962 to present. W. was given the name William Morgan Sheppard on August 24th, 1932 in London. W. is also known as Sheppard and William Morgan.


Jack Sheppard was a cane-chair maker, carpenter, thief, shoplifter, burglar, highwayman, pickpocket, gaol-breaker, carpentry, and theft. Jack was born in 4 in White's Row, Spitalfields, London, England. Jack is also known as Gentleman Jack" and "Jack the Lad". He passed away on November 16th, 1724.


Kate was given the name Catherine Wilson Malcolm on March 10th, 1847 in Liverpool, England. Kate is also known as Katherine Wilson Malcolm. She died on July 13th, 1934.


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Popularity of Sheppard as a last name

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Common last names for Sheppard

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sheppard U.S.
  White 67.37% 64.26%
  African American 26.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sheppard

People with the last name Sheppard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sheppard

  • How Popular is the name Sheppard? Sheppard is the 17,140th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sheppard was the 938th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sheppard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 459 babies born with the first name Sheppard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sheppard to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sheppard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sheppard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sheppard is Wednesday, February 1st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Sheppard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sheppard was in 2016 with a total of 23 babies.
  • Random Sheppard Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sheppard is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1949.
  • Weird things about the name Sheppard: Your name in reverse order is Drappehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hedsppar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sheppard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 36,960 people with the last name Sheppard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sheppard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Sheppard as their last name.

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