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Lord Family History

Lord Name Meaning
English: nickname from the vocabulary word lord, presumably for someone who behaved in a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities. It may also have been an occupational name for a servant in the household of the lord of the manor, or possibly a status name for a landlord or the lord of the manor himself. The word itself derives from Old English hlaford, earlier hlaf-weard, literally ‘loaf-keeper’, since the lord or chief of a clan was responsible for providing food for his dependants.Irish: English name adopted as a translation of the main element of Gaelic Ó Tighearnaigh (see Tierney) and Mac Thighearnáin (see McKiernan).French: nickname from Old French l’ord ‘the dirty one’.Possibly an altered spelling of Laur.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Lord Families

  • Number of Lord families
     337 - 672
     113 - 336
     1 - 112
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lord families
     3,880 - 7,758
     1,294 - 3,879
     1 - 1,293
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lord families
     17 - 31
     6 - 16
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lord Family Origin

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Lord Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lord

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Lord Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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