This ancient name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is one of the earliest topographical surnames still in existence. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "ford", ford, a shallow place in a river of water where men and animals could wade across. The term was used as a topographical name for someone who lived near a ford. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. In some cases the modern surname may be locational in origin, deriving from one of the many places named with the Olde English "ford", as above, such as those in Herefordshire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Somerset and Sussex. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. In the modern idiom the surname can be found recorded as Ford, Foord, Foard, Forth and Forder. One Charles Ford was an early emigrant to the American colonies, leaving London on the "Paule", in July 1635 bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Bruman de la Forda, which was dated 1066, in the "Book of Winton", Hampshire (included in the Domesday Book of 1086), during the reign of King William 1, known as "William the Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.

Ford, Albert H.
Ford, Alfred Henry
Ford, Anona
Ford, Arthur Richard
Ford, Bertha Boaz
Ford, Brandon Perry
Ford, Carol Joy
Ford, Caroline
Ford, Charles Henry
Ford, Charles Henry
Ford, Earl S.
Ford, Edith L.
Ford, Elizabeth
Ford, Elizabeth Tribble
Ford, Elwood F.
Ford, Emily Frances
Ford, Enoch
Ford, Frank Toronto
Ford, George A.
Ford, George Philip
Ford, George Phillip
Ford, Hazel Irene
Ford, Henry
Ford, Howard
Ford, Hubert Bertram
Ford, James Albert
Ford, James Lawrence
Ford, Jane(of Wolverhampton, West Midlands)
Ford, John
Ford, John Nicholas
Ford, Leola M.
Ford, Leonard George
Ford, Lorenzo William Enoch
Ford, Louis W.
Ford, Louise Alma
Ford, Louise Hannah
Ford, Madeline Ethel
Ford, Margaretta
Ford, Marie Louise
Ford, McLaren Nicholas
Ford, Michael Cameron
Ford, Milton Leon
Ford, Nicholas Simon
Ford, Norman Clive
Ford, Rachel Sarah
Ford, Richard Francis
Ford, Richard Francis
Ford, Richard Frank
Ford, Ruth L.
Ford, Steven Michael
Ford, Wendy Annette
Ford, Valerie Anne

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