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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 called with this word such as Ford (Durham Herefordshire Northumberland Shropshire Sussex) Ford in Sefton (Lancashire) Ford in Crediton and Ford in Holcombe Rogus (both Devon) Ford in Litton and Ford in Wiveliscombe (both Somerset). Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic names for example MacGiolla 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 ). Americanized form of French Faure ‘blacksmith’. Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

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

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

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Where is the Ford family from?

You can see how Ford families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ford family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ford families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,456 Ford families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Ford's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ford families in 1911.
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What did your Ford ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ford. 32% of Ford men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Ford women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ford were Carpenter and Bookkeeper. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Ford. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ford census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 210,000 immigration records available for the last name Ford. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 234,000 military records available for the last name Ford. For the veterans among your Ford ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ford lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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