Gender: Male Meaning of Shepard: "sheep hearder" Origin of Shepard: Occupational name

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.

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Jambojambo Says:


Shepard is a great name, I agree about not sure if I'd be brave enough to use it though. As a huge Mass Effect fan, I really want to put this on my M shortlist!

Rachel Kent Says:


Love this but not sure if I would be brave enough to use it xx

faithnamer Says:


I really like this name. There's just something soft and strong about it.