Occupational name
"sheep hearder"

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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Famous People Named Shepherd

  • Shepherd Leffleroriginal U.S. Congressman from Iowa
  • Shepherd Walton ClarkAmerican 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 HarrisonClarke (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 actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki

Shepherd in Pop Culture

  • General Shepherdmain antagonist in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"
  • Dr. Derek Shepherda main character in the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Dr. Amelia Shepherda main character in the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Derrial Book (called Shepherd Book)pastor in "Firefly" and its sequel movie, "Serenity"
  • Jon Shepherdcharacter on "Stargate Atlantis"
  • Jason Shepherdcharacter in "Big Fat Liar"
  • shepherd's pieor cottage pie, a meat pie with a crust of mashed potatoes
  • Gwyneth Shepherdmain protagonist in Kerstin Gier's "Ruby Red Trilogy"
  • John/Jane Shepherdthe default names of the player decided gender main character of the popular sci,fi game series "Mass Effect"