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The surname Ord was first found in Ord, a village about 2 miles (3 km) south west of Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland that dates back to 1196 where it was first listed as Horde. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
East Ord, Middle Ord and West Ord were all hamlets at one time and all owned by the Ord family until the early fifteenth century. The villages are essentially on the Scottish-English border of today so the family's movement through the ages on both sides is to be expected. By example, we draw the reader's attention to the township of Newbiggin in Northumberland. "This place, which is pleasantly situated on the north bank of the river Derwent, was for many years the residence of the Ord family, of whom Robert, who died in 1778, was chief Baron of the exchequer in Scotland." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Orde, Ord and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ord research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1180, 1296, 1781, 1855, 1802, 1832, 1835 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Ord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Ord settled in Virginia in 1653
  • William Ord, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Ord Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dorothy Ord settled in Potomac Maryland in 1729
  • Walter Ord settled in Georgia in 1734
  • Johan Heinrich Ord, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Robert Ord settled in Virginia in 1773
  • George Ord, who arrived in New York, NY in 1778

Ord Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John George Ord, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Ord Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Ord, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Ord, aged 36, a housekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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  • George Ord (1781-1866), American ornithologist, member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia in 1815, member of the American Philosophical Society in 1817
  • Major-General James Garesch Ord (1886-1960), American Chief of the Joint Brazil-US Defense Commission (1943-1945)
  • Craven Ord (1756-1832), English antiquarian, best known for his brass rubbings, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1775
  • Major-General Sir Harry St George Ord (b. 1819), English-born, Australian politician, Governor of Western Australia from 1877 to 1880, grandson of Craven Ord
  • Edward Otho Cresap Ord (1818-1883), American engineer and United States Army officer who was instrumental in forcing the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee; he later designed Fort Sam Houston
  • Boris Ord (1897-1961), British organist and choirmaster of King's College (1929-1957)
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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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