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Gender: M Origin of Shepherd: Occupational name

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Shepherd is an occupational surname with a pleasant pastoral feel. It was chosen for their son by the Jerry Seinfelds, which might inspire others to follow their lead.

There are other spelling choices--Shepard, Sheperd, Sheppard--all of which lead to the friendly nickname Shep. Artist Shepard Fairey (original first name Frank) gained a lot of attention for his Obama HOPE poster.

Those various spellings are reflected in the surnames of such notables as astronaut Alan Shepard, "Winnie the Pooh" illustrator Ernest Shepard, actor/playwright Sam Shepard, "A Christmas Story" writer Jean Shepherd and actress Cybill Shepherd.

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Famous People Named Shepherd

Shepherd Smith, TV anchor
Shepherd Seinfeld, son of American actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld
John Ira Shepherd Hanson, Zac and Kate Hanson son
Shepherd Padalecki, Jared and Genevieve Padalecki's son

Pop Culture References for the Name Shepherd

General Shepherd, main antagonist in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Dr. Derek Shepherd, a main characthers in the TV show Grey's Anatomy
Derrial Book (called Shepherd Book) - pastor in Firefly and its sequel movie, Serenity.
Jon Shepherd, character on Stargate Atlantis

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