What does laird mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lairdnoun

    a landowner


  1. lairdnoun

    The owner of a Scottish estate; a landlord

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lairdnoun

    The lord of a manor in the Scottish dialect.

    Etymology: hlaford , Saxon.

    Shrive but their title, and their moneys poize,
    A laird and twenty pence pronounc’d with noise,
    When constru’d but for a plain yeoman go,
    And a good sober two pence, and well so. John Cleveland.


  1. Laird

    Laird () is the owner of a large, long-established Scottish estate. In the traditional Scottish order of precedence, a laird ranked below a baron and above a gentleman. This rank was held only by those lairds holding official recognition in a territorial designation by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. They are usually styled [name] [surname] of [lairdship]. However, since "laird" is a courtesy title, it has no formal status in law. Historically, the term bonnet laird was applied to rural, petty landowners, as they wore a bonnet like the non-landowning classes. Bonnet lairds filled a position in society below lairds and above husbandmen (farmers), similar to the yeomen of England.An Internet fad is the selling of tiny souvenir plots of Scottish land and a claim of a "laird" title to go along with it, but the Lord Lyon has decreed these meaningless for several reasons.


  1. laird

    A laird is a title for a landowner, similar to a lord, in Scotland. Traditionally, it is a courtesy title offered to the owner of a substantial estate in Scotland. The title is not associated with nobility and does not confer any legal privileges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lairdnoun

    a lord; a landholder, esp. one who holds land directly of the crown

  2. Etymology: [See Lord.]


  1. Laird

    A Laird is a member of the Scottish gentry, who bears the designation Laird of X, where X is the place name. In the non-peerage table of precedence, a Laird ranks below a Baron and above an Esquire. The Lord Lyon, who exercises Her Majesty's prerogative in respect of determining succession to titles and dignities in Scotland, has recently produced the following guidance: Historically, the term bonnet laird was applied to rural, petty landowners, as they wore a bonnet like the non-landowning classes. Bonnet lairds filled a position in society below lairds and above husbandsmen, similar to the yeomen of England.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Laird

    lārd, n. (Scot.) a landed proprietor, a landlord.—n. Laird′ship, an estate. [Lord.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. laird

    A leader or captain.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LAIRD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Laird is ranked #1929 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Laird surname appeared 18,696 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Laird.

    89.4% or 16,727 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 1,026 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 477 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 254 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 123 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 90 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for laird »

  1. liard

  2. lidar

  3. LIDAR

  4. drail

  5. larid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laird in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laird in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of laird in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Jones:

    Today tragedy has befallen our family, while we are keenly aware of the dangers of our profession, every day we put on our uniform with the hope that we will safely return home. We stand ready to support the Laird family, and each other, as we grieve this loss.

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