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What does Shepherd mean?

Shepherd Pronunciation of Shepherd [shep-herd] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Shepherd is "shepherd". Occupational name. Mostly 19th-century use. "Pooh" illustrator Ernest Shepard.

Associated with: old english, occupational, 19th century.


Shepherd has 6 variants: Shep, Shepard, Shephard, Shepp, Sheppard and Shepperd.

Affiliated boy name: Carden.

Creative forms:
(male) Shaherd, Shelherd, ..

(female) Shephan, Shepta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shepherd Arturo (S.A.), ..

How popular is Shepherd?

Shepherd is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#515 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shepherd reached its top position of #1108 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Shepherd (#1108 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Shepard (#1456 from current records), Sheppard and Shep. These relations of Shepherd were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (median #1641).

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Adelhard, Archerd, Eberhard, Gerhard, Jephers, Lennerd, Leonerd, Raechard (see Richard), Richerd (see Richard), Ritcherd, Ritsherd (see Richard), Saeed, Saphir, Seabert, Seager, Sebert, Seeger, Seger, Seibert, Sellers, Sender, Sephirio (see Seferino), Severn, Severo, Seward, Sewerd, Shachar, Shafeer, Shahzad, Shakeer, Shameer, Sheehan, Shefer, Sheffield, Shelbey, Shelden, Shelley, Sheplea (see Shepley), Shepleigh (see Shepley), Shepley, Shepply (see Shepley), Sherard, Sherborn, Sherburn, Shereef, Sherrard, Sherrerd, Sherrod, Sherwen, Sherwind (see Sherwin), Sherwood, Shipley, Shomer, Shubert, Skipper, Sothern, Southern, Speed, Speer, Speero, Speers, Spencer, Spenser, Spero, Spiers, Steed, Steinard, Stephan, Stephano, Stephen, Stephens, Stephon, Stephonn, Stepney and Steward. These names tend to be more frequently used than Shepherd.

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