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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


Similar surnames: Ford, Loud, Cord, Bird, Ord, Nord, Corn, Lard, Lore, Gard

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You can see how Lord families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lord family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lord families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 290 Lord families living in Maine. This was about 28% of all the recorded Lord's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Lord families in 1840.
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What did your Lord ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lord. 13% of Lord men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Lord women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lord were Clerk and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 41,000 immigration records available for the last name Lord. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Lord. For the veterans among your Lord ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lord lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lord life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lord in 1943 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

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