Forehand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Forehand family in Ireland was O Fuarain or in some records O Furanain.

Early Origins of the Forehand family

The surname Forehand was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they were firstly known as Macgiollarnath or Mac Gilla na Naomh, meaning 'son of the devotee of the saints', which, through mistranslation and time emerged as an off-shoot of the main Clan through a chieftain O'Fuarthain or O'Fuarain, which, in English, became Forehand.

Important Dates for the Forehand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forehand research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1355, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Forehand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forehand Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Forehand dating from that time include Foran, Forhane, Forahan, Forhan, Foreham and many more.

Early Notables of the Forehand family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Forehand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forehand migration to the United States

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Forehand:

Forehand Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gillian Forehand, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

Contemporary Notables of the name Forehand (post 1700)

  • John Forehand (b. 1965), American professional football player
  • Jennie M. Forehand (b. 1935), American politician, Member of the Maryland Senate (1995-)
  • Joe Forehand, American former Chairman of the board and former CEO of Accenture, current Chairman of the Board at First Data Corporation
  • Art Forehand, American State Official, Tallahassee, Florida

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