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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] 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]

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.

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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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  • Major-General James Garesch Ord (1886-1960), American Chief of the Joint Brazil-US Defense Commission (1943-1945)
  • George Ord (1781-1866), American ornithologist
  • Major-General Sir Harry St George Ord (b. 1819), Australian politician, Governor of Western Australia from 1877 to 1880
  • Boris Ord, British organist and choirmaster of King's College
  • Edward Otho Cresap Ord (1818-1883), designer of Fort Sam Houston


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  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

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  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Ord Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ord 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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