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The FORD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 178,397 124 0.066 661
United States (1880 census) 45,104 95 0.090 902
Change since 1880 +133293 -29 -0.024 -241
Other Countries
Australia 9,921 116 0.061 607
United Kingdom 38,429 117 0.084 837
Top States for FORD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 14,900 148 0.071 715
California 12,944 222 0.038 382
Florida 10,547 144 0.066 660
New York 7,137 188 0.038 376
Ohio 6,935 140 0.061 611
Top States for FORD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 3,983 86 0.140 1,400
South Carolina 4,959 97 0.124 1,236
Arkansas 3,274 75 0.122 1,225
Washington DC 700 59 0.122 1,224
Tennessee 6,649 99 0.117 1,169


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called FORD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called FORD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called FORD in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a FORD by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of FORD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the FORD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the FORD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of FORD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 660 0.37
White (Caucasian) 114,674 64.28
Black/African American 56,017 31.4
Mixed Race 3,283 1.84
White (Hispanic) 2,694 1.51
Native American/Alaskan 1,088 0.61

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the FORD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of FORD in historical publications

f" FORD. A shallow place in a river, which may be crossed without bridge or boat — a common termination of local surnames,

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to FORD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FORD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for FORD

The following words are slight variants of FORD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.