Gender: Male Meaning of Shepherd: "sheep hearder" Origin of Shepherd: Occupational name Shepherd's Popularity in 2019: #629

Shepherd Origin and Meaning

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

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, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, and actress Cybill Shepherd. Shepherd might be thought of as one of the out-of-the-box names for Christmas babies.

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Rank in US: #629

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Pop Culture References for the name Shepherd

Sheppard, Shepperd, Shephard, Shepard, Shep


LaurenWalls Says:


Really loving this name at the moment. Its interesting, unique and I think it would make a very sexy name for a grown man... also it reminds me of the character Jack Shepherd from Lost.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I don't think Shepherd is a bad name. In fact, I think it's quite an interesting one. However, I don't see the appeal in it myself. I'm not religious, so that particular connotation does nothing for me. I like 'Shep', but have grown up with it being stereotyped as a dog name. And Shepherd, being the name of an old and outdated occupation (depending on where you live), never fails to bring to mind the image of some old guy pottering around a sheep field with a stick - not a particularly charming or romantic image.

I understand that not everyone is going to feel the same, or see the name in the same way that I do. However, a lot of people seem to really love Shepherd, and by this point I honestly feel like either everyone is crazy for flocking (see what I did there!) to a name that really isn't that impressive, or that I'm crazy for missing out on some hidden genius...

VelvetEar Says:


Ugh I have fallen in love with this name

EW314 Says:


I actually really like this, though it doesn't feel like my usual style at all. I think adorable (for a child) and strong (for a man) nickname Shep is what convinced me!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


100% middle name material. Really liking the sound of Esau Shepherd right now :)

Marcella Weiß Says:


I love this name. If I ever have a boy, Shepherd will definitely be at least a middle. I'm thinking of the name Alaric Shepherd.

lesliemarion Says:


I agree that it is a strong and gentle sounding name. I also have a soft spot for Shep even though it sounds a bit canine.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I've recently fallen in love with this name! Only this spelling though. The Shepard spelling seems less authentic.

eugenebbergmann Says:


Jerry Seinfeld said, "He really formed my entire comedic sensibility. I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd." Seinfeld did a one-hour tribute to Shepherd at the Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum of Television and Radio). Thus, one can gather that Seinfeld named his son Shepherd after the most important influence in his comedic life: Jean Shepherd, radio humorist in addition to being the co-writer and narrator of the holiday movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY. Shepherd improvised stories and much other material on his radio programs from 1956 to April, 1977. Seinfeld was one of many enthusiastic listeners to those programs.

Guest Says:


I love this name because it reminds me of church and being a leader or it reminds delicious shepherd's pie! Such a soft sweet name. :)
I like the Shepard spelling more though.

Alicia1 Says:


Very handsome name, I like it a lot!

Kennedy Says:


I love this name!