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Buford is a name that means the gift of gab. It is a classic name dating well back into the 1900s. Buford is a fun name, bringing to mind country folk who use the nickname Ford.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Buford

Buford comes from the Old English name “Beaufort”. It could possibly be an anglicized spelling of the French name of Buffard. In Old English, this name's origins give Buford the meaning of “a ford near the aviary”. If we use the French origins of the name, Buford's meaning changes to “puffing and blowing”.

baby name Buford

Symbolism of the Name Buford

Buford has the talent of swaying others. He is outgoing and inspiring, as well as the life of the party. Buford fascinates those around him with his creativity.

Nicknames for the Name Buford

Buford is a sophisticated-sounding name with an interesting meaning. If you're going to name your child Buford, take a look at all of the nicknames that pair with it:

  • Ford
  • Bo 
  • Bubu
  • Bufo
  • Fordo
  • Fordie
  • Bufie
  • Buff
  • Buffer
  • Bu
  • Fords
  • Buffs
  • Boo

Style of the Name Buford


Gender of the Name Buford

Buford is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the Name Buford


Number of Syllables in the Name Buford


Emotion Evoked From the Name Buford

Kind and generous. Refreshing and brilliant.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Buford

  • Bufoard
  • Buphoard
  • Buphord

Popularity of the Name Buford

The name Buford was quite popular in 1900. Although the popularity dropped some in 1902, beyond that it stayed steadily highly ranked. Around 1945, it started to drop more rapidly and reached its lowest point around 1964. Buford has not ranked on the top 1,000 at any point in the 21st century.

Great Middle Names for Buford and Their Meanings

  • Dwayne (black)
  • Hadwin (friend in war)
  • Tostig (name of an earl)
  • Zakari (the Lord recalled)
  • Dwight (referring to the God of wine)
  • Wyndham (a hamlet near the winding way)
  • Garafeld (battlefield)
  • Welton (spring or stream)

Famous People with the Name Buford

  • (Earl) Buford Ellington (American politician)
  • Buford Garfield “Baby” Ray (American NFL player)
  • Buford Hayse Pusser (American sheriff inspired “Walking Tall”)
  • Buford (a minor character in “The Princess and the Frog”
  • Buford (bloodhound in “Buford and the Galloping Ghost”)
  • Buford Granger (character in film “Bad Asses”
  • Bufordtable in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
  • Buford Van Stomm (character in Disney cartoon “Phineas and Ferb”)
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