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Where did the English Foord family come from? What is the English Foord family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foord family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foord family history?

The ancestry of the name Foord can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a keeper of the ford or river crossing.

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Foord has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Forde, Ford, Alford and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foord research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1804, 1640, 1642, 1586, 1640, 1559, 1616, 1594, 1615, 1598, 1674, 1662, 1619, 1699, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Foord History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 181 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Foord family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Foords to arrive on North American shores:

Foord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adrian Foord, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Roger Foord, who landed in New England in 1644
  • Hester Foord, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Lettice Foord, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • John Foord, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Foord Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John A Foord, who landed in Iowa in 1883

Foord Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Foord, aged 49, a widower, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Joseph Foord, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Ellen Foord, aged 9, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Mary Foord, aged 11, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Charles Foord (aged 20), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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  • Charles William "Bill" Foord (b. 1924), English first-class cricketer from Scarborough, Yorkshire
  • Herbert Vernon "Bert" Foord (1930-2001), English BBC meteorologist during the 1960s and early 1970s
  • Caitlin Foord (b. 1994), Australian professional footballer
  • Heather Foord (1965-2009), Australian television journalist, recently known for her work on Nine News Queensland, Weekend Presenter (2009-2011)
  • Stu Foord (b. 1985), Canadian CFL football running back for the BC Lions
  • Miss Alice Foord (1910-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Alice Foord (1882-1914), née Ward Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Alfred Foord (1881-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Foord Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foord Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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