The name ‘Sheppard’ originates from England. It is derived from the occupational name for a Sheppard, from the Middle English word ‘schepherde’ from the Old English word ‘sceap’, ‘scip’ meaning sheep and ‘hierde’ meaning herdsman or ‘weard’ meaning guardian. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Sheppard’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Josse le Shephurde’, from the county of Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the first of the name to reach America were four brothers, ‘David’, ‘John’, ‘James’ and ‘Thomas’, from the county of Tipperary, Ireland, who disembarked at Burlington, New Jersey, before September 1687. ‘David David Sheppard’ settled on a large tract of land at Cohansey in West Jersey, where he was one of the founders, in 1690. Of the Cohansey Baptist Churc… Coat of arms: Gules three…
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