Meaning and name origin
Ford \f(o)-rd\ as a boy's 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#102 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ford for boys. Ford reached its highest rank of #611 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ford and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ford (#883) and Buford. (2014 statistics).