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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ford

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ford
Senses
  1. A place in a river, or other water, where it may be passed by man or beast on foot, by wading."He swam the Esk river where ford there was none." [Sir W. Scott.]
  2. A stream; a current."With water of the ford Or of the clouds." [Spenser.]"Permit my ghost to pass the Styg�an ford." [Dryden.]

Etymology: AS. ford; akin to G. furt, Icel. fjörðr bay, and to E. fare. √78. See Fare (v. i.), and cf. Frith arm of the sea

verb Ford
To pass or cross, as a river or other water, by wading; to wade through.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of crossing a stream or river by wading or in a car or on a horse
  2. A shallow area in a stream that can be forded
  3. United States manufacturer of automobiles who pioneered mass production (1863-1947)
  4. 38th President of the United States; appointed vice president and succeeded Nixon when Nixon resigned (1913-2006)
  5. English writer and editor (1873-1939)
  6. Son of Henry Ford (1893-1943)
  7. Grandson of Henry Ford (1917-1987)
  8. United States film maker (1896-1973)
  9. Cross a river where it's shallow
Wiktionary
  1. A topographic surname​ for someone who lived near a ford.
  2. A make of car, named for Henry Ford.

Notable Persons Named Ford

Ford Madox Ford was a writer. His career lasted from 1892 to 1939. Ford was born on December 17th, 1873 in Merton, Surrey, England. He breathed his last breath on June 26th, 1939.

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Ford Prefect is a fictional character.

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Ford Kiernan is an actor, film producer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Ford was given the name Ford John Kiernan on January 10th, 1962 in Glasgow.

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Ford Madox Brown was an artist. Ford was born on April 16th, 1821 in Calais, France. He left this life on October 6th, 1893.

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Ford was born Ford Rainey on August 8th, 1908 in Mountain Home, Idaho. Ford is also known as Ford Raney. He passed away on July 25th, 2005.

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Ford Frick was a Commissioner of Baseball. Ford was born on December 19th, 1894 in Wawaka, Indiana. He left this life on April 8th, 1978.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ford

Gerald Ford was a 38th President of the United States, 40th Vice President of the United States, House Minority Leader, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives, and Republican Conference Chairman of the. Gerald was born on July 14th, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. He left this life on December 26th, 2006.

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Harrison Ford is an actor and producer. He has been prominent since 1966. Harrison was born on July 13th, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Tom Ford is a fashion designer, film director, and fashion design. Tom was given the name Thomas Carlyle Ford on August 27th, 1961 in Austin, Texas, U.S.

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Henry Ford was a founder of ford motor, business magnate, engineering, ford motor company, and founder offord motor. Henry was born as the child of William Ford (businessman) on July 30th, 1863 in , U.S. He died on April 7th, 1947.

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Glenn Ford was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 1991. Glenn was given the name Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford on May 1st, 1916 in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada. He left this life on August 30th, 2006.

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John Ford was a film director/producer and film director. He was most prominent from 1917 to present. John was given the name John Martin Feeney on February 1st, 1894 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, US. He breathed his last breath on August 31st, 1973.

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How popular is the baby name Ford in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1881 11 0 11
1882 7 0 7
1883 8 0 8
1885 9 0 9
1886 6 0 6
1887 10 0 10
1888 8 0 8
1889 15 0 15
1890 17 0 17
1891 11 0 11
1892 12 0 12
1893 13 0 13
1894 13 0 13
1895 8 0 8
1896 11 0 11
1897 10 0 10
1898 9 0 9
1899 11 0 11
1900 24 0 24
1901 7 0 7
1902 13 0 13
1903 9 0 9
1904 9 0 9
1905 12 0 12
1906 13 0 13
1907 9 0 9
1908 23 0 23
1909 16 0 16
1910 16 0 16
1911 18 0 18
1912 57 0 57
1913 51 0 51
1914 72 0 72
1915 133 0 133
1916 101 0 101
1917 95 0 95
1918 72 0 72
1919 79 0 79
1920 57 0 57
1921 79 0 79
1922 87 0 87
1923 115 0 115
1924 76 0 76
1925 88 0 88
1926 71 0 71
1927 63 0 63
1928 50 0 50
1929 51 0 51
1930 47 0 47
1931 34 0 34
1932 33 0 33
1933 32 0 32
1934 33 0 33
1935 35 0 35
1936 29 0 29
1937 33 0 33
1938 34 0 34
1939 43 0 43
1940 29 0 29
1941 46 0 46
1942 42 0 42
1943 41 0 41
1944 48 0 48
1945 38 0 38
1946 47 0 47
1947 63 0 63
1948 45 0 45
1949 46 0 46
1950 41 0 41
1951 51 0 51
1952 38 0 38
1953 44 0 44
1954 49 0 49
1955 26 0 26
1956 42 0 42
1957 41 0 41
1958 38 0 38
1959 48 0 48
1960 36 0 36
1961 32 0 32
1962 30 0 30
1963 30 0 30
1964 16 0 16
1965 28 0 28
1966 25 0 25
1967 22 0 22
1968 22 0 22
1969 26 0 26
1970 26 0 26
1971 20 0 20
1972 11 0 11
1973 19 0 19
1974 6 0 6
1975 15 0 15
1976 14 0 14
1977 9 0 9
1978 11 0 11
1979 23 0 23
1980 12 0 12
1981 14 0 14
1982 10 0 10
1983 16 0 16
1984 17 0 17
1985 17 0 17
1986 16 0 16
1987 20 0 20
1988 25 0 25
1989 22 0 22
1990 19 0 19
1991 26 0 26
1992 28 0 28
1993 27 0 27
1994 38 0 38
1995 36 0 36
1996 36 0 36
1997 49 0 49
1998 35 0 35
1999 36 0 36
2000 52 0 52
2001 41 0 41
2002 45 0 45
2003 54 0 54
2004 37 0 37
2005 62 0 62
2006 88 0 88
2007 66 0 66
2008 87 0 87
2009 94 0 94
2010 100 0 100
2011 139 0 139
2012 170 0 170
2013 181 0 181
2014 245 0 245
2015 330 5 325
2016 342 0 342
2017 340 0 340

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Popularity of Ford as a first name

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Popularity of Ford as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ford U.S.
  White 62.05% 64.26%
  African American 32.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ford

People with the last name Ford are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ford

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  • How Popular is the name Ford? Ford is the 3,260th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ford was the 137th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ford have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,372 babies born with the first name Ford in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ford to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ford? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Ford first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ford is Friday, January 17th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Ford born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ford was in 2016 with a total of 342 babies.
  • Random Ford Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ford is not a popular baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Ford: Your name in reverse order is Drof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rodf. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ford? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 184,832 people with the last name Ford.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ford? Ford was ranked as the 137th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.