Sheppard Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Sheppard Family History

If you are conducting some Sheppard family history research then you can view the Sheppard coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Sheppard surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Sheppard in Ireland is of immigrant origin having existed in Counties Dublin and Kildare from the thirteenth century. It was brought in greater numbers by settlers from England who arrived into the Province of Ulster, especially during the seventeenth century.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Sheppard Coat of Arms

Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Arrows/Arrow-Heads Often symbolizing military readiness
Greyhound/Mastiff/Talbot Signifies Courage, Vigilancy and Loyalty
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