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The saga of the name Forde follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a keeper of the ford or river crossing.

Forde Early Origins



The surname Forde 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.

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Forde Spelling Variations


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Forde Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Forde were recorded, including Forde, Ford, Alford 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 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 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)



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 Forde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forde In Ireland


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Forde In Ireland



Some of the Forde 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Forde family emigrate to North America:

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"
  • 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
  • Mattie Forde, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Mary Marguerite "Leneen" Forde AC (b. 1935), born Mary Marguerite Leneen Kavanagh, Australian politician, 22nd Governor of Queensland (1992-1997)
  • David Forde (b. 1979), Irish professional footballer
  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. 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.
    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.

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