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Multiple Origins for the Surname Forde


Irish


As an Irish surname, Forde was an Anglicized version of three different Gaelic names: "Mac Giolla Naomh," meaning "son of the devotee of the saints" was a Sept that originated in southern Connemara. The name also comes from "Mac Consnámha," or "son of the swimming hound." This Connacht Sept has also been Anglicized as Kinneavy. Lastly, in Cork, the name was an Anglicized version of "Fuaráin", though more often it was Anglicized as Foran. There are also many Irish bearers of this name, who are ultimately of English origin. The English name comes from the Old English word "ford," which denotes a shallow section of a river, where it can be crossed. One large family came to County Meath from Devon in the 14th century where they became large land-holders.

Forde Early Origins



The surname Forde was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), and in County Cork where several distinct Irish Septs all came to be known by the English name Forde.

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Forde Spelling Variations


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Forde Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ford, Forde and others.

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Forde Early History


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Forde Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forde research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1355, and 1604 are included under the topic Early Forde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forde Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forde Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forde 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forde Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Forde, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1633
  • Ann Forde was recorded in Maryland in 1673
  • Ann Forde, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Forde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Forde, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1855

Forde Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Forde arrived in New Brunswick, Canada in 1834
  • James Forde, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Robert Forde, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland

Forde Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Owen Forde, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Jane Forde, aged 22, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Mary Forde, aged 28, a housekeeper, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Michael Forde, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Patrick Forde, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forde (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forde (post 1700)



  • Pat Forde, American sports journalist, National columnist for Yahoo Sports
  • Gerhard O. Forde (1927-2005), American Lutheran theologian
  • Patrick Forde (1835-1913), Irish born, American journalist, who founded "The Irish World"
  • Mattie Forde, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • David Forde (b. 1979), Irish professional footballer
  • Brinsley Forde MBE (b. 1953), English founder member of the reggae band Aswad
  • Duane Forde (b. 1969), Canadian Football League broadcaster for TSN
  • Sheri Forde (b. 1968), born Sheri Hargrave, a Canadian sports reporter formerly of TSN, wife of Duane Forde
  • Mary Marguerite "Leneen" Forde AC (b. 1935), born Mary Marguerite Leneen Kavanagh, Australian politician, 22nd Governor of Queensland (1992-1997)
  • Victoria Forde (1896-1964), American silent film actress who had 187 film credits to her name
  • ... (Another 4 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: Lucrum Christi mihi
Motto Translation: Without Christ, there is no light.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    11. ...

    The Forde Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forde 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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