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Ord Name Meaning

English (Northumbria) and Scottish: habitational name from East Ord in Northumberland, named with Old English ord ‘point’. Compare Ort 3. English: from a Germanic personal name (see Ort 2). Scottish: habitational name from various minor places named with Gaelic ord ‘hammer’, used as a topographical term for a rounded hill.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ford, Ore, Orr, Ort, Old, Lord, Ard, Ori, Nord, Ory

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Where is the Ord family from?

You can see how Ord families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ord family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ord families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Ord families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Ord's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ord families in 1840.
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What did your Ord ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ord. 12% of Ord men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Ord women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ord were Miner and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Ord. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ord census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ord. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Ord. For the veterans among your Ord ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ord lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ord life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1953. The average life expectancy for Ord in 1953 was 100, and 81 in 2004.

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