The name ‘Shepherd’ originates from England. It is derived from the occupational name for a shepherd, from the Middle English word ‘schepherde’, from the Old English word ‘sceap’, ‘scip’ meaning sheep and ‘hierde’ meaning herdsman or ‘weard’ meaning guardian. Variant´s : ‘Shephe(a)rd’, ‘Shep(h)ard’, ‘Shepe(a)rd’, ‘Shepperd’, ‘Shippard’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Shepherd’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Josse Le Sephurde’, from Oxford, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Samuel Shepherd’, aged 16, a labourer by trade, from the city of Worcester, England, emigrated to North America in 1774. He sailed from the Port of Bristol on the 7th of March 1774, arriving in Philadelphia on the 14th of March 1774, where he served as an indentured… Coat of arms: Erminie, on a…
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