The family name Forte is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Forte was a name given to a strong, brave, or hardy person
as the name was originally derived from the Old French fort,
which meant strong.
Another derivation suggests that the name is a local
surname and it indicates that its bearer lived near a fortress or stronghold.
The former is more common, but time has confused the two derivations and etymologists now disagree on which is appropriate in a given instance.
Early Origins of the Forte family
The surname Forte was first found in Lancashire
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were Lords of the manor of this estate. They are believed to be descended from the Norman noble, William de Fortibus, Earl of Albemarle, who married Isobel, Countess of Devon
. This line eventually became Earls of Lancaster, and conjecturally the junior lines assumed the name Forte.
Early History of the Forte family
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Forte Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Forte have been found, including Fort, Forte, Forts, Fortes, Foort, Foorte and many more.
Early Notables of the Forte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forte family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Forte were among those contributors:
Forte Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Anton Forte, who settled in Veragua in 1535
Forte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Marmaduke Forte, who settled in Maryland in 1653
- Mary Forte, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
Forte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anonzo Forte, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1815
- Anton Forte, who landed in Veragua in 1835 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)
- Agostino Forte, aged 29, who settled in America from Italy, in 1893
Forte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adelaide Forte, aged 14, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1904
- Alberiza Forte, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Campobasso, Castelpetroso, in 1908
- Addolorota Forte, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Campobasso, Italy, in 1908
- Adele Forte, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Napoli, Italy, in 1909
- Adruno Forte, aged 59, who landed in America from Menturni, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Forte (post 1700)
- Joe Forte, American writer and painter
- Allen Forte (b. 1926), American music theorist and musicologist
- Charles Forte (1908-2007), Baron Forte, the famous hotelier, founder of Forte Group plc, a British hotel and restaurant company in 1935
- Jonathan Forte (b. 1985), English footballer
- Joe Forte (1893-1967), British actor who usually portrayed professional men, faculty members, doctors, lawyers, coroners, and the like
- Bruno Forte (b. 1949), Italian theologian and ecclesiastic
- William Forte Willett Jr. (1869-1938), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1907-11; Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1911 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Forte 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: Fortis et audax
Motto Translation: Strong and brave
Forte Family Crest Products
- ^ 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 Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html