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Sheperd Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): variant of Shepherd . Americanized form of French Chaput .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Shepard, Shepperd, Shepheard, Shephard, Shepherd, Sheppard, Sherer

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Where is the Sheperd family from?

You can see how Sheperd families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sheperd family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sheperd families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 9 Sheperd families living in Ontario. This was about 43% of all the recorded Sheperd's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sheperd families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sheperd surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sheperd ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sheperd. 31% of Sheperd men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Sheperd women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sheperd were Farm Laborer and Housework. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Servant
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Sheperd. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sheperd census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sheperd. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Sheperd. For the veterans among your Sheperd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sheperd lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Sheperd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Sheperd in 1950 was 33, and 71 in 2004.

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