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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Es*quire"
Originally, a shield-bearer or armor-bearer, an attendant on a knight; in modern times, a title of dignity next in degree below knight and above gentleman; also, a title of office and courtesy; -- often shortened to squire.

Note: ☞ In England, the title of esquire belongs by right of birth to the eldest sons of knights and their eldest sons in perpetual succession; to the eldest sons of younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in perpetual succession. It is also given to sheriffs, to justices of the peace while in commission, to those who bear special office in the royal household, to counselors at law, bachelors of divinity, law, or physic, and to others. In the United States the title is commonly given in courtesy to lawyers and justices of the peace, and is often used in the superscription of letters instead of Mr.

Etymology: OF. escuyer escuier, properly, a shield-bearer, F. écuyer shield-bearer, armor-bearer, squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, LL. scutarius shield-bearer, fr. L. scutum shield, akin to Gr. � skin, hide, from a root meaning to cover; prob. akin to E. hide to cover. See Hide to cover, and cf. Equerry Escutcheon

verb Es*quire"
To wait on as an esquire or attendant in public; to attend.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
  2. (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood

From Old French escuyer, escuier, properly, a shield-bearer (compare modern French écuyer (“shield-bearer, armor-bearer, squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman”)), from Late Latin scutarius (“shield-bearer”), from Latin scutum (“shield”); probably akin to English hide (“to cover”). The term squire is the result of apheresis. Compare equerry, escutcheon.

  1. a lawyer
  2. a male member of the gentry ranking below a knight
  3. an honorific sometimes placed after a man's name
  4. A gentleman who attends or escorts a lady in public.
  5. (archaic) a squire; a youth who in the hopes of becoming a knight attended upon a knight
  6. (obsolete) a shield-bearer, but also applied to other attendants.

Old French esquiere, esquierre, esquarre (“a square”)

  1. (heraldry) A bearing somewhat resembling a gyron, but extending across the field so that the point touches the opposite edge of the escutcheon.

    Notable Persons Named Esquire

    Esquire Jauchem is a producer, director, writer, and designer. He was most active from 1970 to present. Esquire was born on October 20th, 1947 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Esquire

    Henry Wolf Esquire was an art director, graphic designer, photographer, author, and teacher. His career lasted from 1946 to 2005. Henry was born on May 23rd, 1925 in Vienna. He left this life on February 14th, 2005.


    Fun Facts about the name Esquire

    • How Popular is the name Esquire? Esquire is the 67,440th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Esquire have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15 babies born with the first name Esquire in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Esquire? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2006 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Esquire first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Esquire is Saturday, December 6th, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Esquire born? The highest recorded use of the first name Esquire was in 2009 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Esquire: Your name in reverse order is Eriuqse. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Seuqier. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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