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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.


Ford has 3 variants: Forde, Forden and Fordon.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ford name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ford outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Buford, Ford in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ford and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ford is pronounced similarly to Ferd. Other suggested similar baby names are Cord, Farid, Ferdi, Ferdo, Ferdy, Fred, Kord and Lord. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ford.