When Clara M Shepherd was born on 30 May 1927, in Cowee, Macon, North Carolina, United States, her father, Samuel Harley Shepherd, was 37 and her mother, Bertha Elena Hall, was 23. She lived in Cowee Township, Macon, North Carolina, United States in 1940 and Franklin, Macon, North Carolina, United States in 1991. She died on 3 August 1991, in Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Franklin, North Carolina, United States.
English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name from Middle English schepeherde ‘shepherd’ (Old English scēaphyrde, scēap‐weard).
Americanized form (translation into English) of surnames meaning ‘shepherd’, for example German and Jewish Schäfer (see Schaefer ).