ContributorContrib.leoBeyene2002 on 2/5/2018
The name of several places in England. All but one of these derive the second element of their name from Old English ford meaning "ford" - for the one in North Devon, it is derived from Old English worō or worth meaning "enclosure".As for the first element of their name: for most places, it is derived from Old English æsc(e) meaning "ash tree(s)". But for Ashford in the county of Kent, it is derived from Old English æscet or æsceat meaning "clump of ash trees". And for the one in the county of Surrey (formerly Middlesex), it is derived from the medieval personal name Eccel, which itself is ultimately derived from Old English ecg or ecca meaning "sword".