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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Where did the English Forder family come from? What is the English Forder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Forder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Forder family history?

The ancestors of the Forder surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a "ford" in a river, a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Forder include Forder, Forders and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forder research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1397 and 1407 are included under the topic Early Forder History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Forder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Forder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Forder landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Philip Forder purchased land in Pennsylvania in 1682

Forder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Deborah Forder and her two children settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Forder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Forder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • Francis Forder, English Convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


  • Damian Forder (b. 1979), English cricketer
  • Anna Forder (1951-1968), Canadian pair skater at the 1968 Winter Olympics
  • Annemarie Forder (b. 1978), Australian Olympic bronze medalist air pistol shotter at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Professor Henry Forder, Mathematician from New Zealand
  • Charles Robert Forder, Canon and Prebendary of Fenton in Yorkshire county


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  11. ...

The Forder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forder 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 26 September 2015 at 16:07.

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