Origins Available: English
The history of the name Foorthe dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a keeper of the ford or river crossing.
Early Origins of the Foorthe family
The surname Foorthe was first found in Devon
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 Foorthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foorthe research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1804, 1640, 1642, 1586, 1640, 1559, 1616, 1594, 1615, 1598, 1674, 1662, 1619, 1699, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Foorthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Foorthe Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Foorthe has undergone many spelling variations
, including Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Foorthe family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Ford or Foord (c.1559-1616?), Church of England
clergyman, he may have been the same William Ford who became Rector of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
in 1594 or the William Ford who became Vicar of Bristow, Herefordshire
in 1615; Thomas Ford (1598-1674), an English... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foorthe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foorthe family to Ireland
Some of the Foorthe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 117 words (8 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 Foorthe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Foorthe were among those contributors: Charles Ford who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Ford settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Edward, Frederick, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Phillip, Richard, Thomas and William Ford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..