What does Rutherford mean?

Definitions for Rutherford
ˈrʌð ər fərd, ˈrʌθ-ruther·ford

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rutherfordnoun

    a unit strength of a radioactive source equal to one million disintegrations per second

  2. Rutherford, Daniel Rutherfordnoun

    British chemist who isolated nitrogen (1749-1819)

  3. Rutherford, Ernest Rutherford, First Baron Rutherford, First Baron Rutherford of Nelsonnoun

    British physicist (born in New Zealand) who discovered the atomic nucleus and proposed a nuclear model of the atom (1871-1937)


  1. rutherfordnoun

    An obsolete unit of radioactivity (symbol: rd), defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one million nuclei decay per second.

  2. Rutherfordnoun

    from a place where there was once a settlement in the Scottish borders.

  3. Etymology: hryðer + ford.


  1. rutherford

    Rutherford can refer to several things, such as a surname, a place in various countries, or to Ernest Rutherford, a physicist often considered the father of nuclear physics. He pioneered the orbital theory of the atom through his discovery of Rutherford scattering in his gold foil experiment. However, without more context, it is difficult to provide a more specific definition.


  1. Rutherford

    Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 18,061, reflecting a decline of 49 from the 18,110 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 320 from the 17,790 counted in the 1990 Census. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located 8 miles west of Midtown Manhattan. Rutherford was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 21, 1881, from portions of Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held on the previous day. Rutherford has been called the "Borough of Trees" and "The First Borough of Bergen County".

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rutherford is ranked #1250 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rutherford surname appeared 28,079 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 10 would have the surname Rutherford.

    82.1% or 23,061 total occurrences were White.
    11.6% or 3,282 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 643 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 618 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 326 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 149 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rutherford in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rutherford in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Rutherford in a Sentence

  1. Mike Sullivan:

    We felt as though, if we were a team that could play fast in every aspect of the game, that could be our competitive advantage on some of our opponents, i thought Jim Rutherford did a tremendous job in acquiring some guys along the way that enhanced that speed for us.

  2. Seán O'Casey:

    Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.

  3. Foreign Minister Stephane Dion:

    Canada is very pleased that efforts undertaken to secure the release of Colin Rutherford from captivity have been successful, we look forward to Mr. Rutherford being able to return to Canada and reunite with his family and loved ones.

  4. Foreign Minister Stephane Dion:

    We look forward to Mr. Rutherford being able to return to Canada and reunite with his family and loved ones.

  5. Ronn Torossian:

    From a brand perspective, I think many Americans will have empathy for Kelly Rutherford, this actress fighting for her children is something which is a very personal matter, and something which will have very little impact on her career.

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