The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Fordehan family name to the British Isles. They lived in Essex
, in the town of Fordham. Ancient records reveal the name Fordehan is derived from the Old English ford,
which means ford,
which means homestead.
Towns bearing this name also exist in Norfolk
. Fordham Essex
is arguably the most important of these towns, but all were held by Norman nobles in the 11th century.
Early Origins of the Fordehan family
The surname Fordehan was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Fordham. In the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey of England
undertaken for Duke William of Normandy
in 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066, there were three villages or manors named Fordham, one in Cambridgeshire
, one in Norfolk
and one in Essex
, all were held by Norman nobles. The one which was most influential and gave rise to the name Fordham was that of Fordham in Essex
which was held by William de Warrene and others. In the survey of 1086 the village consisted of a Mill, 6 Beehives, and 25 goats. It was the Norman custom that the senior son should continue the main line name, but that the second son should adopt the name of the manor. "A small Gilbertine priory was founded in the reign of Henry III., by Sir Robert de Fordham, [in Fordham, Cambridgeshire] as a cell to the great monastery of the same order at Sempringham, in Lincolnshire; but scarcely a vestige remains." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Fordehan family
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Fordehan 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 Fordham, Fordeham, Fordsham, Fordesham, Fordam and others.
Early Notables of the Fordehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fordehan 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 Fordehan or a variant listed above: Robert Fordham who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Edward Fordham settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1728; George Fordham settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.