Surname statistics for Shepherd

There are approximately 44,049 people named Shepherd in the UK. That makes it the 192nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 697 are named Shepherd.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)44049192N/A697
United Kingdom (1881 census)219441580.073733
Change since 1881+22105-34-0.003-36
Other Countries
United States57935515N/A215


People with the surname Shepherd are about as likely to be politicians as the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Shepherd are:

  1. Conservative (9)
  2. Labour (2)
  3. Liberal Democrat (2)
  4. Independent (1)
  5. UKIP (1)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

David Shepherd
John Shepherd
Paul Shepherd
Peter Shepherd
Andrew Shepherd
Mark Shepherd
Robert Shepherd
Michael Shepherd
Ian Shepherd
James Shepherd
Richard Shepherd
Stephen Shepherd
Christopher Shepherd
Alan Shepherd
Anthony Shepherd
Martin Shepherd
Neil Shepherd
William Shepherd
Gary Shepherd
Brian Shepherd

Top female forenames

Susan Shepherd
Patricia Shepherd
Jane Shepherd
Margaret Shepherd
Karen Shepherd
Elizabeth Shepherd
Sarah Shepherd
Linda Shepherd
Helen Shepherd
Janet Shepherd
Claire Shepherd
Alison Shepherd
Nicola Shepherd
Emma Shepherd
Gillian Shepherd
Jennifer Shepherd
Christine Shepherd
Elaine Shepherd
Rebecca Shepherd
Julie Shepherd


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there 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!

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 UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.