What Does Esquire after a Name Mean?

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The word esquire after a persons name refers to a man in a formal context. It is as a general courtesy title for any man but it was previously accorded to men of higher social status.
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Esquire is used as a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight. In medieval England, it was used to refer to an attendant and shield bearer to a knight. It is an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, which is used to denote a high but indeterminate social status.
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It is often used in the legal profession for lawyers, but technically, it is like calling yourself "upper class" and is a general sign of prestige. Depending on your audience
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Oh wise one, profitbob, no. Esquire (ESQ) in the middle ages is defined as a squire, or aspirant to knighthood, attendant upon a knight. Esquire and Squire are terminal titles (
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