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The SHEPHARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 6,519 4950 0.002 24
United States (1880 census) 2,602 2346 0.005 52
Change since 1880 +3917 -2604 -0.003 -28
Other Countries
Australia 1,006 1643 0.006 62
United Kingdom 2,767 2256 0.006 60

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of SHEPHARD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the SHEPHARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the SHEPHARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of SHEPHARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 170 2.61
Mixed Race 121 1.86
Native American/Alaskan 53 0.81
Asian/Pacific 17 0.26
White (Caucasian) 4,194 64.34
Black/African American 1,964 30.13

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the SHEPHARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of SHEPHARD in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of SHEPHARD.

Similar names to SHEPHARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SHEPHARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for SHEPHARD

The following words are slight variants of SHEPHARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.