Origins Available: English
The family name Fords is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon
names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a keeper of the ford or river crossing.
Early Origins of the Fords family
The surname Fords 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 Fords family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fords 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 Fords History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fords Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fords include Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Fords 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fords Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fords family to Ireland
Some of the Fords 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.
Migration of the Fords family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Fords Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sigmund Fords, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)