The ancestors of the bearers of the Farter family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a "ford" in a river, a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.
Early Origins of the Farter family
The surname Farter was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Farter family
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Farter Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Farter include Forder, Forders and others.
Early Notables of the Farter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farter family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Farter or a variant listed above: Matthew Forder landed in Virginia in 1637; Philip Forder purchased land in Pennsylvania in 1682; Deborah Forder and her two children settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765. Many members of the Forder name joined those immigrants who made Pennsylvania their home in the mid-1800's..