Lorde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lorde finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a hlalord which meant lord, master or Lord's servant. [1] [2] [3]

The "term of civil dignity, a master, ruler, the proprietor of a manor, derived from the Anglo-Saxon ord, which comes from ored, a governor, with the prefix of the letter L, le, denoting the person or place. Gaelic, ard, ord, high, lofty, the prime chief, superior. Lord has been derived from Hlaford, which is compounded of Hlaf, a loaf, and ford, to give,-a bread-giver." [4]

Early Origins of the Lorde family

The surname Lorde was first found in Suffolk where the Pipe Rolls of 1198 record William le Lauerd as holding lands there at that time. A few years later, Gilbert Louerd was listed in Northumberland c. 1202 and John le Lord was found in Huntingdonshire in 1252. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Robert le Loverd, Oxfordshire; William le Loverd, Nottinghamshire; Roger le Lord, Cambridgeshire; and Walter le Lord, Huntingdonshire. [2]

Richard le Lord, filius Margarete le Lord was listed in the Close Rolls, 9 Richard II (during the ninth year of Richard II's reign.)

Early History of the Lorde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorde research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1252, 1273, 1300, 1573, 1645, 1633 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Lorde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorde Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lorde has been recorded under many different variations, including Lord, Lorde and others.

Early Notables of the Lorde family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lorde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Lorde family to Ireland

Some of the Lorde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Lorde family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lorde or a variant listed above: Richard Lord, one of the founders of Hartford Connecticut, and who served as a law officer in the colonies; James Lord settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas and Dorothy Lord his wife, settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Houseofnames.com on Facebook