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Ord Surname Meaning

English (Durham and Northumberland) and Scottish (Aberdeenshire): habitational name from East Ord in Tweedmouth (Northumberland). The placename derives from Old English ord ‘point corner of land promontory’. English: probably from an abbreviated form of a compound name such as Orderic beginning with ord ‘point spear’. See Ort . Scottish: habitational name from Ord later Kirkurd (Peeblesshire) or the lands of Ord (Banffshire). This placename is Celtic and may be from Gaelic òrd ‘hammer’ used to mean ‘(rounded) hammer-shaped hill’ or in the Peeblesshire case possibly from the equivalent Brittonic term represented by Welsh ordd.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Ford, Ore, Orr, Ort, Old, Lord, Ard, Ori, Nord, Ory

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Where is the Ord family from?

You can see how Ord families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ord family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ord families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 719 Ord families living in Durham. This was about 42% of all the recorded Ord's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Ord families in 1891.
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What did your Ord ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ord. 15% of Ord men worked as a General Labourer and 78% of Ord women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ord were Bus Conductor and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    15%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Bus Conductor
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    78%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Ord. For the veterans among your Ord ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ord lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ord life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1953. The average life expectancy for Ord in 1953 was 100, and 81 in 2004.

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