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Where did the English Lord family come from? What is the English Lord family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lord family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lord family history?

The name Lord is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a hlalord which meant keeper of the loaf. This person was responsible for supplying food to those under his care. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lord include Lord, Lorde and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lord research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1252, 1273, 1300, 1573, 1633, and 1645 are included under the topic Early Lord History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lord family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

  • Richard Lord, one of the founders of Hartford Connecticut, and who served as a law officer in the colonies

Lord Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Lord, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Thomas and Dorothy Lord his wife, settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Ann Lord, aged 14, arrived in America in 1635
  • Aymie Lord, aged 6, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Dorothy Lord, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635

Lord Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Lord settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Shadrick Lord, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Jean Lord, who arrived in C,onnecticut in 1763
  • Pierre Lord, who landed in Connecticut in 1763
  • Louis Lord, who landed in Connecticut in 1763

Lord Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Lord, who landed in America in 1807
  • Jose Lord, aged 28, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • B Lord, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • John Lord, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Joseph Lord, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843


  • John Lord (1810-1894), American historian and lecturer
  • Walter Lord (1917-2002), American author, best known for his non-fiction book "A Night to Remember", about the sinking of the RMS Titanic
  • Jack Lord (1920-1998), born John Joseph Patrick Ryan, an American television, film, and Broadway actor, best remembered for his role in the television series "Hawaii Five-O"
  • William Lord (1841-1915), American Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the American Civil War
  • Brigadier-General Kenneth Prince Lord (1888-1957), American Chief of Staff 1st Army (1941-1944)
  • Major-General Royal Bertrand Lord (1899-1963), American Commanding General Assembly Command, European Theater of Operations (1945)
  • Peter Lord CBE (b. 1953), British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio
  • Bernard Lord ONB (b. 1965), Canadian politician, lobbyist and Premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006
  • Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord (1913-1944), Irish aviator awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII


  • Fifty New England Colonists and Five Virginia Families by Florence Weiland,.
  • The Descendants of Thomas and Mary Lord of Rochdale (Lancashire) England by Thomas Henry Lord.


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The Lord Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lord Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 September 2014 at 21:40.

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