The surname ‘Laird’ is of Scottish and Northern Irish origin. It is a status name for a landlord from the Northern Middle English word ‘laverd’, a variant of the English name ‘Lord’, derived from the nickname for someone who behaved in a lordly manner, or had earned the title in some contest of skill, or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities. It may also sometimes have been an occupational name for a servant in the household of the lord of the manor himself. The word derives from the Old English word ‘hlaford’, from the earlier ‘hlaf-weard’, meaning ‘loaf-keeper’, since the lord or chief of a clan was responsible for providing food for his dependants. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname dates as far back as the thirteenth century were the first known bearer of this name is a certain ‘Roger Lawird’ or ‘Lauird’, from Berwick, made an agreement in 1257, with the Abbey of Kelso concerning some of his Land. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first forefathers to bring this name to America… Coat of arms: Argent a chevron gules between three boar’s…
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