Ford Family History

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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 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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Ford Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ford name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ford. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Ford Family Origin

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Ford Family Occupations

What did your Ford ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ford occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Ford's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ford. A less common occupation for the Ford family was School.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Going To School

  • School


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Ford Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Ford Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ford ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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