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Gender: M Origin of Shepherd: Occupational name

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.

Famous People Named Shepherd

Shepherd Seinfeld, son of American actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld
John Ira Shepherd Hanson, Zac and Kate Hanson son
Austin Shepherd Padalecki, Jared and Genevieve Padalecki's son (b. Dec. 22, 2013)
Shepherd McLaughlin, son of Rhett James McLaughlin of YouTube comedy duo, Rhett and Link

Pop Culture References for the name Shepherd

General Shepherd, main antagonist in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"
Dr. Derek Shepherd, a main character in the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
Dr. Amelia Shepherd, a main character 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"
Jason Shepherd, character in "Big Fat Liar"
shepherd's pie, or cottage pie, a meat pie with a crust of mashed potatoes
Gwyneth Shepherd, main protagonist in Kerstin Gier's "Ruby Red Trilogy"

Sheppard, Shepperd, Shephard, Shepard, Shep