Boy name origins & meanings
- Middle English : Young man
Family name origins & meanings
- English : occupational name for a servant, Middle Englishladde. The word first appeared in the 13th century, with the meaning ‘servant’ or ‘man of humble birth’, the modern meaning of ‘young man’, ‘boy’ being a later shift.
- Most American bearers of this name trace their ancestry to a certain Daniel Ladd, who emigrated from London to Ipswich, MA, in 1634.