Pastor Family History
Pastor Name Meaning
English French Portuguese Galician Spanish and Catalan: occupational name for a shepherd Anglo-Norman French pastre (oblique case pastour) Old French Portuguese Galician Spanish and Catalan pastor ‘shepherd’ from Latin pastor an agent derivative of pascere ‘to graze’. The religious sense of a spiritual leader was rare in the Middle Ages; it is unlikely therefore that this sense lies behind any examples of the surname. German and Dutch: humanistic surname a translation into Latin of German Schäfer (see Schafer ) or any other surname meaning ‘shepherd’. Compare Pastorius . Americanized form of Hungarian Pásztor: occupational name from pásztor ‘shepherd’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press