Meaning and Name Origin
Ford \f(o)-rd\ as a boys' name is pronounced ford. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ford is "river crossing". Transferred use of the surname, originally a local name for someone who lived near a river. Linked by most people to the car. Author Ford Madox Ford; automotive pioneer Henry Ford.
For more information, see also the related boy name Buford.
Ford is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#102 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ford for boys. Ford reached its apex rank of #611 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is at #883 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ford and corresponding names. The only other popular varying form of Ford (#883 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 is Buford. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Buford and Ford becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)