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Origin and Meaning of Lord

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  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Lord means "Ruler" and is of African American origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lord
A hump-backed person; -- so called sportively.

Etymology: Cf. Gr. � bent so as to be convex in front

noun Lord
  1. One who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor."But now I was the lord Of this fair mansion." [Shak.]"Man over men He made not lord." [Milton.]
  2. A titled nobleman., whether a peer of the realm or not; a bishop, as a member of the House of Lords; by courtesy; the son of a duke or marquis, or the eldest son of an earl; in a restricted sense, a baron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank.(Eng)
  3. A title bestowed on the persons above named; and also, for honor, on certain official persons; as, lord advocate, lord chamberlain, lord chancellor, lord chief justice, etc. (Eng)
  4. A husband."My lordbeing old also." [Gen. xviii. 12.]"Thou worthy lord Of that unworthy wife that greeteth thee." [Shak.]
  5. [Feudal Law] One of whom a fee or estate is held; the male owner of feudal land; as, the lord of the soil; the lord of the manor.
  6. The Supreme Being; Jehovah.
  7. [Christianity] The Savior; Jesus Christ.

Note: ☞ When Lord, in the Old Testament, is printed in small capitals, it is usually equivalent to Jehovah, and might, with more propriety, be so rendered.

Etymology: OE. lord laverd loverd, AS. hlāford, for hlāfweard, i. e., bread keeper; hlāf bread, loaf + weardian to look after, to take care of, to ward. See Loaf, and Ward to guard, and cf. Laird Lady

verb Lord
  1. To invest with the dignity, power, and privileges of a lord.(R)
  2. To rule or preside over as a lord.(R)
verb Lord
To play the lord; to domineer; to rule with arbitrary or despotic sway; -- sometimes with over; and sometimes with it in the manner of a transitive verb; as, rich students lording it over their classmates.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
  2. A titled peer of the realm
  3. A person who has general authority over others
  4. Make a lord of someone

See lord.

In reference to the God of the Jewish Tanakh and Christian Bible, originally a translation (attested from the late Old English form hlāford) of the Vulgate Latin Dominus (“master of a house; lord”), translating the New Testament and the Septuagint's Ancient Greek ὁ κύριος or Κύριος (ó kýrios, "the supreme one; Lord, Kyrios"), both in reference to Hebrew אֲדֹנָי (ʾdny, "my lord; my Lord, Adonai") from אדון (ʾdwn, "lord, patron; Lord") + י- (-y, "my"), cognate with Phoenician 𐤀𐤃𐤍 (ʾdn, "lord; Lord, Adon"). Adonai appears in the Tanakh both directly and as a euphemism read aloud during occurrences of the Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH, "I am what I am; Jehovah"). See the usage notes below. Displaced the earlier term drighten, Drighten.

  1. (Judaism, Islam) The God of Abraham and the Jewish scriptures, (Christianity) God the Father; the Godhead.
  2. (Christianity) Jesus Christ, God the Son.
  3. (religion) Any other deity particularly important to a religion or a worshipper.
  4. A formal title of the lesser British nobility, used as a shortened form for a Lord of the Manor and Lord Proprietor.
  5. A generic title used in reference to any peer of the British nobility or any peer below the dignity of duke and (as a courtesy title) for the younger sons of dukes and marquesses (see usage note).
  6. Similar formal and generic titles in other countries.
  7. An additional title added to denote the dignity of certain high officials, such as the "Lord Mayors" of major cities in the British Commonwealth
  8. The elected president of a festival.
  9. (Wicca) A high priest.

Notable Persons Named Lord

Lord Voldemort is a fictional character.


Lord Darnley Henry was royalty. He was most prominent from 1565 to 1567. Lord was born as the child of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Margaret Douglas on December 7th, 1545 in Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England. He left this life on February 10th, 1567.


Lord Alfred Douglas was a writer. Lord was born on October 22nd, 1870 in Powick, Worcestershire, England. He died on March 20th, 1945.


Lord was born as the child of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Katharine, and Duchess of Kent on June 26th, 1962. Lord is also known as George Philip NicholasWindsor.


Lord Randolph Churchill was a Secretary of State for India. Lord was born on February 13th, 1849 in Belgravia, London, United Kingdom. He breathed his last breath on January 24th, 1895.


Lord Frederick Windsor is a financial analyst; prev. several, financial analyst, and financial analyst; prev. several (see text). Lord was given the name Frederick Michael George David Louis Windsor by his parents Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent on April 6th, 1979 in St Mary's Hospital, London.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lord

Jack Lord was an artist, actor, director, producer, philanthropist, and film director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1949 to 1980. Jack was given the name John Joseph Patrick Ryan on December 30th, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on January 21st, 1998.


Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is a film directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, animators, film director, film producer, screenwriter, actor, and animator. Their ongoing career started in 1998. Phil was given the name Philip A. Lord .


Jon Lord was a classical, jazz, rock music, hard rock, heavy metal music, blues rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion, and classical music musician. He was most active from 1960 to 2012. Jon was given the name John Douglas Lord on June 9th, 1941 in Leicester, England. He passed away on July 16th, 2012.


Maxwell Lord is a comics character.


Jeffrey Lord is a political staffer and author.


DJ Lord is a hip hop music, dubstep, drum, bass, electro (music), and house music disc jockey and turntablism. His ongoing career started in 1999. DJ was given the name Lord Aswod on March 11th, 1975 in United States. DJ is also known as DJ Lord and Mista Lord.


How popular is the baby name Lord in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1917 5 0 5
1922 5 0 5
1925 5 0 5
1926 6 0 6
1928 5 0 5
1934 8 0 8
1939 5 0 5
1940 7 0 7
1947 5 0 5
1949 6 0 6
1950 6 0 6
1954 7 0 7
1958 8 0 8
1959 6 0 6
1963 7 0 7
1968 5 0 5
1970 7 0 7
1971 10 0 10
1972 6 0 6
1974 9 0 9
1975 11 0 11
1976 8 0 8
1977 7 0 7
1979 11 0 11
1980 10 0 10
1981 5 0 5
1982 7 0 7
1983 9 0 9
1985 12 0 12
1986 12 0 12
1987 10 0 10
1989 6 0 6
1990 13 0 13
1991 7 0 7
1992 12 0 12
1993 6 0 6
1994 6 0 6
1995 10 0 10
1996 13 0 13
1997 13 0 13
1998 11 0 11
1999 8 0 8
2000 12 0 12
2001 16 0 16
2002 10 0 10
2003 8 0 8
2004 18 0 18
2005 10 0 10
2006 9 0 9
2007 11 0 11
2009 7 0 7
2010 9 0 9
2012 14 0 14
2013 8 0 8
2014 9 0 9
2015 20 0 20
2016 20 0 20
2017 13 0 13

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Popularity of Lord as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lord U.S.
  White 88.19% 64.26%
  African American 5.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lord

People with the last name Lord are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lord

  • How Popular is the name Lord? Lord is the 15,745th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lord was the 1,535th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lord have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 529 babies born with the first name Lord in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lord to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lord? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lord first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lord is Monday, December 15th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Lord born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lord was in 2015 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Random Lord Factoid: According to the 1995 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lord is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1995.
  • Weird things about the name Lord: Your name in reverse order is Drol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lrod. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lord? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 23,405 people with the last name Lord.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lord? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Lord as their last name.

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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