The ancient Pictish-Scottish name Forseth comes from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe,
which means man of peace.
However, some recorded examples of the surname Forseth suggest that it is occasionally a local
name derived from residence a place named Forsythe.
Early Origins of the Forseth family
The surname Forseth 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.
Early History of the Forseth family
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Forseth Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Forseth has been spelled Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.
Early Notables of the Forseth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forseth family to Ireland
Some of the Forseth 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.
Migration of the Forseth family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Forseth:
Forseth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Gilbert Forseth, who landed in Wisconsin in 1913 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Forseth 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.