First name origin & meaning:
Old English: River crossing
First name variations: Forde
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford,
Middle English, Old English ford, or a habitational name from
one of the many places named with this word, such as Ford in
Northumberland, Shropshire, and West Sussex, or Forde in Dorset.
- Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of various Gaelic
names, for example Mac Giolla na Naomh ‘son of Gilla na
Naomh’ (a personal name meaning ‘servant of the saints’), Mac
Conshámha ‘son of Conshnámha’ (a personal name
composed of the elements con ‘dog’ + snámh ‘to
swim’), in all of which the final syllable was wrongly thought to be
áth ‘ford’, and Ó Fuar(th)áin (see
- Jewish: Americanized form of one or more
like-sounding Jewish surnames.
- Translation of German
Fürth (see Furth).
Famous people with this last name:
This name appears in the following lists:
Lakes and Rivers,
Names from Shakespeare,
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