Etymology 1 
From Middle English ferde, feord, furd, from Old English fyrd, fierd, ferd (“army, host, company”), from Proto-Germanic *fardiz (“journey, expedition”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to put across, ferry”). Cognate with Old Frisian ferd, fart (“an expedition, journey”), Old High German fart (German Fahrt, “journey”), Danish færd (“voyage, travel”). More at fare.
ferd (plural ferds)
Usage notes 
- This word in its Anglo-Saxon form, fyrd, is used historically in a technical sense.