What does Ford mean?
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 on this name, 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 (#124 out of 150436, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Buford is the only other popular varying form of Ford (#883 in 2014). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4985%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0585%, down 88.3%), with the forms Buford and Ford becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Ford and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)