Last name: SQUIRE

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SQUIRE : This last name is indexed 92,459 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

SQUIRE : English: status name occupational name or a nickname from Middle English squyer squer skier sker northern Middle English swire (Old French escuyer escuier) ‘shield bearer esquire personal attendant to a knight; landowner below the rank of knight; young man of gentle birth; household attendant retainer page messenger’. Many early bearers of this name were of modest means and cannot have been members of the gentry; in such cases the name may have been used hyperbolically for a low-ranking servant or as a nickname. By the 17th century the term denoted any member of the landed gentry but this is unlikely to have influenced the development of the surname.

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