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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 surname Ford 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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Ford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William 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
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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
  • James Ford, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Ford, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Ford, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
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Ford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Ford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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
  • Henry Ford (1863-1947), Automotive Industrialist, namesake of the Ford motor company
  • Frankie Ford (1939-2015), born Vincent Francis Guzzo, Jr., an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer, best known for his 1959 hit "Sea Cruise"
  • Timothy Alan "Tim" Ford (1951-2015), American lawyer and politician
  • Brigadier-General William Wallece Ford (1898-1986), American Director of Aircraft Section, Army Field Forces Board 1 (1950-1954)
  • Major-General Elbert Louis Ford (1892-1990), American Chief of Ordnance (1949-1953)
  • Paul Ford (1901-1976), American character actor
  • Colonel Kevin Anthony Ford (b. 1960), NASA Astronaut with over 13 days and 21 hours in space
  • Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Bloomer Ford (b. 1918), widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and 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
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Ford Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Douglas C Ford, English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Ford (b. 1923), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fernhurst, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Harold E Ford (b. 1921), Canadian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Channel, Port-Aus-Basques, Newfoundland, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Reginald Ford, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Herbert G Ford, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Derek Rowland Ford, British Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Cecil W M Ford, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur Hugh Ford, English Extra Chief Steward from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. John Ford, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ernest Ford (d. 1912), aged 32, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. F. Ford (d. 1912), aged 37, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. H. Ford (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Ford (d. 1912), aged 30, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Dollina Margaret Ford (d. 1912), aged 20, English Third Class passenger from Rotherfield, East Sussex who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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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