Occupational name
"sheep hearder"

Shepard Origin and Meaning

The name Shepard is a boy's name meaning "sheep hearder".

A phonetic variation of Shepherd, an occupational surname. Sam Shepard, the actor and playwright, is a notable figure to use this spelling for his last name.

As a first name, this spelling is closely associated with news anchor Shepard Smith and Shepard Fairey, the street artist who designed the iconic Obama HOPE poster and Andre the Giant OBEY signage.

The nickname Shep is pleasant and upbeat.

# 954 in the US

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Shepard Popularity

Famous People Named Shepard

  • Shepard CaryU.S. Congressman from Maine
  • Shepard Broad (born Szmuel Bobrowice)Belarusian,American banker and philanthropist
  • (Frank) Shepard FaireyAmerican street artist
  • (David) Shepard Smith Jr.American TV news anchor
  • Sam ShepardAmerican playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director

Shepard in Pop Culture

  • Shepard aka Francis Leightonmutant in X,Men comics
  • Jennifer "Jenny" Shepardcharacter on TV's "NCIS"