Origin of the Name Ford
The origin of the name Ford
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Ford include Forde and Foord. This is a locality name meaning 'river crossing' from a person who lived beside a ford. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Richard de la Forde, of Norfolk, England , who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273 and a Thomas de Furd who was presbyter in the diocese of Saint Andrews, Scotland , in the year 1406. A Peter ate Ford, was recorded in the 'Writs of Parliament', in the year 1313 and a Hugh Ford, of Wigan, was recorded in the 'Wills at Chester', in the year 1661. The name is popular throughout the four provinces of Ireland especially in counties Galway and Leitrim. The Ford's settled in Ireland with the plantation from England , the most notable of these arriving from Devonshire and were landowners in Meath.
The Ford coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Ford descendants.