Meaning and Origin of: Rutherford

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : From the cattle ford

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern English : habitational name from a place in the Scottish Borders near Roxburgh, probably named with an early British river name of unknown etymology + Old English ford ‘ford’. There is another place of the same name in North Yorkshire, named with hryðer ‘cattle’ + Old English ford ‘ford’, but this does not seem to have contributed to the surname.

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