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What does Ford mean?

Ford Pronunciation of Ford 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. Also form of Buford.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, surname, pioneer (leader)


VARIANTS Forde, Forden, Fordon



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How popular is Ford?

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ford reached its apex rank of #608 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #635 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ford name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Buford is the only other popular varying form of Ford (#635 IN RECENT RANKINGS). These relations of Ford were popular with parents a century ago and are somewhat less conventional today, with the form Buford becoming less fashionable. Ford has generally been a favorite of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ford, Buford 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-sounding names are Ard, Bard, Bird, Byrd, Card, Cord, Dard, Fahd, Farid, Faro, Farr, Ferdi, Ferdo, Ferdy, Feri, Floyd, Fons, Fonz, Fouad, Fox, Foxe, Fred, Fry, Fuad, Gard, Gjord, Gyrd, Kord, Lord, Njord and Ward. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ford.

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