Show ContentsFore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fore is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Foret is derived from the Old French word "foret," meaning "forest," and distinguished a person who lived in or near such a place. In some cases it may have been used as an occupational surname for a forester.

Early Origins of the Fore family

The surname Fore was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this renowned family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Fore family

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Fore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Foret, Forest, Forez, Forait, Foraie, Forais, Foraies, Foré, Forêt, Forêst, Forer, Forey, La Foret, La Forest, La Forez, La Forait, La Foraie, La Forais, La Foraies, La Foré, La Forêt, La Forêst, Laforest, La Forer and many more.

Early Notables of the Fore family

Notable in the family name at this time was

  • Guillaume de La Forest, Magistrate of Faucigny; Laurenz Forer (1580-1659), a Swiss Jesuit theologian and controversialist; and Jean-Baptiste Forest, (1636-1712) a French landscape painter
  • Admiral Sir John LaForey (1729-1796) was second son of John Laforey (d. 1753), one of the French Huguenot family La Foret which settled in England at the time of William III. [1]

Fore Ranking

In the United States, the name Fore is the 6,365th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

United States Fore migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Fore, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Ruth Fore, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Thomas Fore, aged 35, who settled in America from Roscommon, in 1896
Fore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dolphin Fore, aged 27, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Jesire Elizabeth Fore, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Sheffield, England, in 1908
  • Julio R. Fore, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Maurice Fore, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Henry Fore, aged 25, who landed in America from Therslake, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fore (post 1700) +

  • Henrietta Holsman Fore (b. 1948), Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

The Fore 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: Tout travers
Motto Translation: All through

  1. Lee, Sir Stanley, Dictionary of National Biography. London: The MacMillan Company 1909. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook