Ford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Ford family

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.

Important Dates for the Ford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ford 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 and are included under the topic Early Ford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ford Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Ford 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 Ford family to Ireland

Some of the Ford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ford migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Widow Ford, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [1]
  • Martha Ford, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [1]
  • Joanna Ford, who arrived in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • Abigail Ford, who landed in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Reuben Ford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703 [1]
  • Christopher Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Ale Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Matthew Ford, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
  • Richard Ford, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Ford, who arrived in America in 1803 [1]
  • Robert Ford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • George Ford, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Benjamin Ford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [1]
  • Sam Ford, who arrived in North America in 1832 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ford migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • Francis Ford, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Richard Ford, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Jonathan Ford, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • James Ford, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ford migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Hayward Samuel Ford, who landed in Bay of Islands, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Ford, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Lydia Ford, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William Ford, aged 33, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Hannah Ford, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ford (post 1700)

  • 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
  • John Ford (1895-1973), American four-time Academy Award winning film director, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Henry Ford (1863-1947), American Automotive industrialist, founder of the Ford motor company; he pioneered the assembly line technique of mass production
  • 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
  • Douglas Michael "Doug" Ford Sr. (1922-2018), born Douglas Michael Fortunato, an American professional PGA golfer, two-time major golf champion from West Haven, Connecticut
  • Alton Ford Jr. (1981-2018), American professional NBA basketball player who played from 2001 to 2011
  • James R. Ford (1925-2017), American educator, politician, businessman and community activist, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida in 1972, the first black mayor of a U.S. state capital city
  • Thomas Mikal Ford (1964-2016), American actor best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ford family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Douglas C Ford, English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Jack Ford (b. 1923), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fernhurst, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
  • 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 and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Reginald Ford, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Herbert G Ford, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Derek Rowland Ford, British Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Cecil W M Ford, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • William John Ford (1919-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
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 [11]
  • Mr. John Ford, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [11]
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 [12]
  • Mr. F. Ford (d. 1912), aged 37, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. H. Ford (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Ford (d. 1912), aged 30, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Jack C. Ford, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. William Walker Ford, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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