The Foorte family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest
introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was 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 Foorte family
The surname Foorte 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 Foorte family
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Foorte Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Fort, Forte, Forts, Fortes, Foort, Foorte and many more.
Early Notables of the Foorte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foorte family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Foorte or a variant listed above:
Foorte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Foorte, who landed in Maryland in 1659 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 Foorte 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