Force History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Force family

The surname Force was first found in Dordogne.

Individuals sharing this heritage are cited as early as the seventeenth century, with Pierre De Forceville, born in 1654 in Douai, a philosophy professor who was named rector of Dinant. In 1721 he became Spiritual Director at Cambrai College.

Early History of the Force family

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Force Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Force, Forceville, Forcier and others.

Early Notables of the Force family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the name at this time was Gedeon-Adolphe-Casimir De Forceville, born in Moulvis (Somme) in 1800, was a banker in Amiens and became judge at the court of commerce in this city. His interest in sculpture grew, and he showed some of his works at the Paris Salon. He finished a few large works: the statue of Pierre l'Ermite, in bronze, which is in Place S.-Michel in Amiens; the...
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United States Force migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Force Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Olne La Force, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
Force Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dr. Force, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Emma Force, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1862 [1]

Canada Force migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Force Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alonzo Force was a grocer in Lacolle, Quebec in 1851

Contemporary Notables of the name Force (post 1700) +

  • John Harold Force (b. 1949), American NHRA drag racer
  • Manning Ferguson Force (1824-1899), American lawyer, judge and soldier
  • William Force Stead (1884-1967), American diplomat and poet
  • Joseph Force Crater (b. 1889), American Democrat politician, Secretary to Robert F. Wagner, 1920-26 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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