Foord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Foord family
The surname Foord was 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.
Early History of the Foord family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foord research. Another 116 words (8 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, 1826, 1905, 1846, 1847, 1863, 1947 and are included under the topic Early Foord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foord Spelling Variations
Foord has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Foord have been found, including Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Foord family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Ford or Foord (c.1559-1616?), Church of England clergyman, he may have been the same William Ford who became Rector of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire in 1594 or the William Ford who became Vicar of Bristow, Herefordshire in 1615; Thomas Ford (1598-1674), an English...
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Migration of the Foord family to Ireland
Some of the Foord family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 126 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foord migration to the United States +
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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Foord Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Foord, aged 49, a widower, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" 
- Joseph Foord, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" 
- Ellen Foord, aged 9, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" 
- Mary Foord, aged 11, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" 
- Charles Foord (aged 20), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
Contemporary Notables of the name Foord (post 1700) +
- Charles William "Bill" Foord (1924-2015), English first-class cricketer who played 51 first-class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club
- Herbert Vernon "Bert" Foord (1930-2001), English BBC meteorologist during the 1960s and early 1970s
- Stu Foord (b. 1985), Canadian CFL football running back for the BC Lions
- Heather Foord (1965-2009), Australian television journalist, recently known for her work on Nine News Queensland, Weekend Presenter (2009-2011)
- Caitlin Foord (b. 1994), Australian professional footballer
Historic Events for the Foord family +
- 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 
- 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 
- 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 
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
- ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html