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From Middle English Bedforde, Bedeford, from Old English Bedaford, Bedanford, equivalent to Bede's +‎ ford.

The civil parish is named after John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford (1710 - 1771). Coined by British-Dutch surveyor Samuel Holland.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛdfə(ɹ)d/
  • Audio (Southern England):(file)
  • Hyphenation: Bed‧ford

Proper noun



  1. Place names:
    1. A town, the county town of Bedfordshire, England.
    2. A unitary authority with borough status in Bedfordshire, England.
    3. A suburb of Leigh, Wigan borough, Greater Manchester, England (OS grid ref SJ6799).
    4. A number of places in the United States:
      1. A city, the county seat of Lawrence County, Indiana.
      2. A small city, the county seat of Taylor County, Iowa.
      3. A small city, the county seat of Trimble County, Kentucky.
      4. A town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
      5. A town in New Hampshire.
      6. A town in Westchester County, New York
      7. A city in Ohio.
      8. A borough, the county seat of Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
      9. A city in Texas.
      10. A town, the county seat of Bedford County, Virginia.
      11. A census-designated place in Wyoming.
      12. A number of townships in the United States, listed under Bedford Township.
    5. A community of Nova Scotia, Canada.
    6. A civil parish of Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada. [From 1765]
    7. A city and township in Quebec, Canada.
    8. A town in Eastern Cape province, South Africa.
    9. A suburb of Perth, in the City of Bayswater, Western Australia, named after Frederick Bedford.
  2. (countable) A truck, van, and bus and coach chassis formerly manufactured by the Bedford company, a subsidiary company of Vauxhall Motors.
    New Zealand Railways Road Services used to operate a large fleet of Bedfords.
  3. An English dukedom.
  4. A surname.

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