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The name Foresman originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, which means man of peace. However, some recorded examples of the surname Foresman suggest that it is occasionally a local name derived from residence a place named Forsythe.

Foresman Early Origins



The surname Foresman was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Foresman Early History


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Foresman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foresman research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1446, 1504, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Foresman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foresman Spelling Variations


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Foresman Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Foresman include Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.

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Foresman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foresman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Foresman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foresman In Ireland


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Foresman In Ireland



Some of the Foresman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Foresman: James Forsyth who settled in New England in 1685; Catherine Forsyth settled in Georgia in 1747; Adam Forsyth settled in Philadelphia in 1802; followed by Henry, James, John, Joseph, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas Forsyth, who all passed through the same port between 1800 and 1865..

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Instaurator ruinae
Motto Translation: A repairer of ruin.


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