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Gender: M Origin of Shepherd: Occupational name Shepherd's Popularity in 2016: #863

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. Shepherd has been on the US Top 1000 a grand total of two years since the first list in 1880: 1887, when it was Number 906, and this past year, in 2016, when it was Number 863, and one of the fastest-rising boys' names of the year. That's a 129 year gap between appearances.

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, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, and actress Cybill Shepherd.

Famous People Named Shepherd

Shepherd Leffler, original U.S. Congressman from Iowa
Shepherd Walton Clark, American figure skater
Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld (b. 2005), son of actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Shepherd McLaughlin (b. 2009), son of YouTuber James McLaughlin of duo Rhett and Link
Shepherd Harrison-Clarke (b. 2013), son of YouTuber Matthew Clarke of "Conversations with my 2-year-old"
Shepherd Mora (b. 2015), son of singer Kelis and Mike Mora
John Ira Shepherd Hanson (b. 2008), son of musician Zac Hanson
Austin Shepherd Padalecki (b. 2013), son of actor Jared Padalecki

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"
John/Jane Shepherd, the default names of the player decided gender main character of the popular sci-fi game series "Mass Effect"

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