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Origins of the Ford surname

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What does the name Ford mean?

The Ford surname has multiple origins, most of them from England. The most common source of the Ford name is topographical, describing someone who comes from or near a ford (shallow river crossing). Secondly, the name can be geographical, descriptive of someone who comes from one of the many place names around England with the name of 'Ford'. When the surname appears in Ireland it is most often assumed to have arrived from England, though there are a handful of Gaelic anglicisations with the same result.

Alternative variations of the name Ford

Ford, Forde, Fort, Forte, Furd

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Where do most Fords live?

In 1921, most Fords lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Fords

How common is your surname?

104th most common surname in the UK

We have 299,000 records for the Ford surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Fords most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Ford first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Fords

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Fords in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Fords in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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