Fore 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.

Important Dates for the Fore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fore research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1442, 1539, 1620, 1638, 1790, 1793, 1726, 1580, 1659, 1636, 1712, 1729, 1796 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Fore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 (pre 1700)

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...
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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

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