The ancient roots of the Forrorthey family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Forrorthey comes from when the family lived at or near a forth, which is an area of the river that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading. The word forth
developed into the modern English word ford.
Early Origins of the Forrorthey family
The surname Forrorthey was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Forrorthey family
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Forrorthey Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Forrorthey has appeared include Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forrorthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrorthey family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Forrorthey arrived in North America very early: John Forth landed in Virginia in 1623; and George Forth purchased land in Virginia in 1635; followed by Jennett in 1651; Ann Forth settled in New York in 1820.