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Where did the Scottish Forgie family come from? What is the Scottish Forgie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Forgie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Forgie family history?

On the Scottish west coast, the Forgie family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name "Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus as "Fercos."

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In various documents Forgie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway (d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forgie research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Forgie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Forgie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Forgie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Forgie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Forgie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • John Forgie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

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  • James Moffat Forgie (1889-1969), Canadian politician, Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Jennifer "Jenn" Forgie (b. 1969), Canadian actress and singer
  • George Forgie (b. 1948), retired professional Canadian NHL ice hockey player


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The Forgie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forgie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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