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The LAIRD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 18,031 1828 0.007 67
United States (1880 census) 4,128 1499 0.008 83
Change since 1880 +13903 -329 -0.001 -16
Other Countries
Australia 1,237 1334 0.008 76
United Kingdom 5,274 1186 0.011 115
Top States for LAIRD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 1,922 1274 0.009 92
California 1,485 2090 0.004 44
Pennsylvania 1,389 948 0.011 113
Florida 1,059 1899 0.007 66
Illinois 739 1678 0.006 60
Top States for LAIRD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 706 611 0.025 248
Wyoming 100 508 0.020 203
Montana 143 697 0.016 159
Delaware 104 1306 0.013 133
Idaho 166 1006 0.013 128


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called LAIRD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called LAIRD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called LAIRD in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a LAIRD by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of LAIRD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the LAIRD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the LAIRD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of LAIRD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 952 5.28
White (Hispanic) 290 1.61
Mixed Race 224 1.24
Asian/Pacific 92 0.51
Native American/Alaskan 72 0.4
White (Caucasian) 16,401 90.96

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the LAIRD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of LAIRD in historical publications

LAIRD. The Scottish form of Lord.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

The same as Lord, from L, the, and ord or ??rd, Gaelic, supreme, high, eminence, highness; Lerad, Laird, from radh, Gaelic, saying, declaring, expressing, affirming an adage or proverb; giving or uttering law, from the verb abair. (See Lord.)

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to LAIRD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LAIRD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for LAIRD

The following words are slight variants of LAIRD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.