Meaning and Origin of: Shepherd

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : One who herds sheep

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from Middle English schepherde ‘shepherd’ (composed of words meaning ‘sheep’ + ‘herdsman’ or ‘guardian’), hence an occupational name for a shepherd. This English form of the name has absorbed cognates and equivalents from several other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

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