Ford Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford, Middle English, Old English ford, or a habitational name from one of the many places named with this word, such as Ford in Northumberland, Shropshire, and West Sussex, or Forde in Dorset. Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names, for example Mac Giolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na Naomh’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha’ (a personal name composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin (see Foran). Jewish: Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames. Translation of German Fürth (see Furth).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lord, Fort, Ord, Nord, Ward, Forde, Hoad, Bird, Elford, Fors

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ford. The most common Ford occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Ford's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Ford family was Coal Miner.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Ford life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ford in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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