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

The name Ford has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a keeper of the ford or river crossing.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ford has been spelled many different ways, including 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 Ford 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 Ford 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 Ford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ford 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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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fords to arrive in North America:

Ford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mrs. Ford, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Widow Ford, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Martha Ford, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Joanna Ford, who arrived in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Abigail Ford, who landed in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630


Ford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Reuben Ford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703
  • Christopher Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Ale Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Matthew Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Richard Ford, who arrived in Maryland in 1740


Ford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Ford, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Robert Ford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • George Ford, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Benjamin Ford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Sam Ford, who arrived in North America in 1832


Ford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Henry Ford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jeremiah Ford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Willm Ford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mathew Ford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Abigal Ford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750


Ford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David Ford, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Ira Ford, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • David B Ogden Ford, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Edmund Ford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • D. Ford, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork


Ford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Ford, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Francis Ford, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Ford, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Jonathan Ford, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Ford, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Ford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Hayward Samuel Ford landed in Bay of Islands, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Ford landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Lydia Ford, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Ford, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Hannah Ford, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841


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  • Henry Ford (1863-1947), Automotive Industrialist, namesake of the Ford motor company
  • President Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (1913-2006), American congressman, Vice President (1973-74), 38th President of the U.S. (1974-77) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • John Ford (1895-1973), American Academy Award winning film director (4 times) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Harrison Ford (b. 1942), American film actor and producer, he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2000
  • Richard Ford (b. 1944), American author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1996
  • Henry Ford II (1917-1987), known as "HF2" or "Hank the Deuce", the oldest son of Edsel Ford and oldest grandson of Henry Ford, President of Ford Motor Company (1945-1960), Chairman and CEO (1960-1979), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ernest Jennings "Tennessee Ernie" Ford (1919-1991), American singer, actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Bloomer Ford (b. 1918), widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Colonel Kevin Anthony Ford (b. 1960), NASA Astronaut with over 13 days and 21 hours in space
  • Paul Ford (1901-1976), American character actor

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  • The Fords of Dearborn by Ford Richardson Bryan.
  • The Genealogy of George Gillette, and of John Watts Ford by Louise Dollison Marsh.
  • A History of Our Ford Family of Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee by Stith Malone Cain.
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The Ford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ford 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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