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Firth Early Origins



The surname Firth was first found in Roxburghshire where the family name is derived from the place of the same name near Lilliesleaf in Roxburghshire in Scotland. The name of this town in turn comes from the ancient word "firth" meaning "bay." In their early history the Firth family became involved in the south Scotland border problems.

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Firth Spelling Variations


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Firth Spelling Variations



Although the name, Firth, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Firth, Fyrth, Firthe, Firths and others.

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Firth Early History


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Firth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firth research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1522, 1565, 1606, 1630 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Firth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Firth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Firth Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Firth Notables 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



Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Firth family name Firth, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Firth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Firth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Isaac Firth landed in America in 1698

Firth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Firth settled in Maryland in 1722

Firth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Firth, who landed in New York in 1835
  • George Firth, who arrived in New York in 1846
  • Albert, Barker, Charles, Daniel, Greenwood, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, Thomas and William Firth all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1805 and 1874

Firth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gideon Firth settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1771 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • George Firth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

Firth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Robert Firth born in Gosport Hampshire, England, was baptized in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1821 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Firth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Firth, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Joseph Firth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Benjamin Firth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" in 1851

Firth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Firth landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship George Fife
  • James Firth, aged 25, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Hannah Firth, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Arabella Firth, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • George Firth, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Firth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Firth (post 1700)



  • Joseph H. Firth, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1906-08
  • Edwin Firth, American politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 5th District, 1914; Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1916
  • Edward C. Firth, American Republican politician, Mayor of Eastport, Maine, 1919, 1924-25
  • Dayna J. Firth, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • Everett Joseph "Vic" Firth (1930-2015), American musician and the founder of Vic Firth Company, maker of percussion sticks and mallets in 1963
  • Francis Firth (1822-1898), English topographical photographer
  • Colin Andrew Firth (b. 1960), English actor and recipient of a Golden Globe award and the Best Actor Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards
  • Sir Raymond William Firth (b. 1901), English social anthropologist
  • Mark Firth (1819-1890), English industrialist and philanthropist
  • John Rupert Firth (1890-1960), English linguist
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Deus incrementum dedit
Motto Translation: God has given increase.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Firth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Firth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 22 May 2016 at 19:19.

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