Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : One who herds sheep
Boy name variations
How Popular Is The Name Shepherd
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).