ford (v.) Look up ford at
1610s, from ford (n.). Related: Forded; fording.
ford (n.) Look up ford at
Old English ford "shallow place where water can be crossed," from Proto-Germanic *furdhus (cognates: Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt, German Furt "ford"), from PIE *prtu- "a going, a passage" (cognates: Latin portus "harbor," originally "entrance, passage;" Old Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd "ford;" Old English faran "to go;" see port (n.1)). The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).