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What does Shep mean?

Shep Pronunciation of Shep [shep] as a boys' name has its root in Old English, and the meaning of Shep is "shepherd". Shep is a version of Shepherd (Old English): occupational name.

Associated with: old english.


Shep has 1 variant: Shepp.

1 more related form via Shepherd: Shepard.

Creative forms:
(male) Shers, Shley, ..

(female) Shla, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shep Jonael (S.J.), ..

How popular is Shep?

Shep is a rare given name for males. Shep is a rare last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shep entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #1583 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shep name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shep outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Shep rated in the Top 2000 are Shepherd (#1108 in recent rankings) and Shepard (#1456). These forms of Shep are at the height of their popularity today (median #1521).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shep, Shepard, Shepherd in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shep and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shep is alike in pronunciation to Chap and Chip. Other recommended names are Sahel, Seb, Sepp, Shad, Shae, Shai, Shan, Shaq, Shaw, Shay, Shea, Shem, Shia, Shug, Skip, Sten, Sven, Swen and Syed. These names tend to be more frequently used than Shep.

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