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What does Lord mean?

Lord Pronunciation of Lord [lord] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Lord is "loaf-keeper". In modern terms, someone with power and authority. See also Earl and Duke. Actor Jack Lord.

Associated with: old english, keeper (defender), modern, power.


2 alternative forms via Earl: Erl and Irl.

Creative forms:
(male) Lard, Larrd, ..

(female) Lorai, Lota, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lord Demetri (L.D.), ..

How popular is Lord?

Lord is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1399 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Duke (#603 from recent data), Earl (#1348) and Irl are the popular alternative forms of Lord (not in Top 2000). Adoption of these forms of Lord was well-received in the 1890s (adoption of 0.74%) and has become much less since (adoption 0.03%, 95.9%), with the version Earl becoming less fashionable. Earl is more familiar than the rest, although Duke seems to be getting popular too. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Duke, Earl, Irl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lord and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lord is pronounced similarly to Laird. Other recommended names are Ard, Bard, Bird, Byrd, Card, Cord, Dard, Ferd, Ford, Gard, Gjord, Gyrd, Kord, Lad, Ladd, Land, Lark, Lars, Lary, Laud, Lind, Lloyd, Lock, Loeb, Loew, Loki, Lon, Long, Lonn, Loran, Loren, Lorin, Lorn, Lorne, Loron, Lorry, Loryn, Lot, Lou, Lowe, Loy, Loyd, Njord and Ward. These names tend to be more frequently used than Lord.

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