Meaning and Origin of: Ford

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : River crossing

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Family name origins & meanings

  • 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 beáth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin (seeForan).
  • Jewish : Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.
  • Translation of GermanFürth (see Furth).

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