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Esquire or Esq. for short was originally a title for the sons of nobles etc., who did not possess any other title. However, today the term is used instead of Mr. on official documents, etc. It is linked to the word squire which is a knight's servant. There is no female equivalent.

From the public domain 1913 Webster's Dictionary:

Es*quire" (?), n. [OF. escuyer, escuier, properly, a shield-bearer, F. écuyer shield-bearer, armor-bearer, squire of a knight, esquire, equerry, rider, horseman, LL. scutarius shield-bearer, fr. L. scutum shield, akin to Gr. skin, hide, from a root meaning to cover; prob. akin to E. hide to cover. See Hide to cover, and cf. Equerry, Escutcheon.] Originally, a shield-bearer or armor-bearer, an attendant on a knight; in modern times, a title of dignity next in degree below knight and above gentleman; also, a title of office and courtesy; -- often shortened to squire.

In England, the title of esquire belongs to:

In the United States the title is commonly given in courtesy to lawyers and justices of the peace, and is often used in the superscription of letters instead of Mr.

Historically in England, Barristers-at-law used this title, while Solicitors used the term "gentleman". In the United States, where the roles of counsel and attorney were combined, the term "esquire" was adopted.