Foreman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Foreman family

The surname Foreman was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included some of the first listings of the family: Ricardus Forman; Johannes Forman; and Robertus Formain. All held estates there at that time. [1]

However, another source notes that Alan Forman and Robert Fourman were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1327. [2]

Due to Yorkshire's geographic proximity to Scotland, its very probable that records there would reveal more family records. In Scotland, the name is "perhaps from English Forman (13th century), older Formann, Latinized Formannus. Robert Foreman of Edinburghshire rendered homage, [to King Edward I of England] in 1296. Adam Forman was scutifer to Arnchibald, earl of Douglas, 1426. John Forman witnessed sealing of an inquest anent a fishing on the Tweed, 1467, and in 1474 payment was made to John Forman, Scottish merchant." [3]

Early History of the Foreman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foreman research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1504, 1514, 1521, 1562, 1696, 1743, 1465, 1522, 1501, 1513, 1552, 1611 and are included under the topic Early Foreman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foreman Spelling Variations

The name Foreman, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Forman, Foreman, Formon, Fourman and others.

Early Notables of the Foreman family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Andrew Forman (c.1465-11 March 1522), a Scottish diplomat and prelate. He rose to become Archbishop of St. Andrews, and is said to have been one of the Formans of Hatton, near Berwick-on-Tweed. He also was Bishop of Moray in 1501, and Archbishop...
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Ireland Migration of the Foreman family to Ireland

Some of the Foreman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Foreman migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Foreman family, or who bore a variation of the surname Foreman were

Foreman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samwell Foreman, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Samuel Foreman purchased land in Virginia in 1623
  • William Foreman, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Andrew Foreman, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [4]
  • Robert Foreman, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Foreman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Foreman, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [4]
  • George Foreman, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [4]
Foreman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Foreman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1836 [4]
  • J G Foreman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Ann Rebecca Foreman, who arrived in Colorado in 1887 [4]
  • Walter Henry Foreman, who landed in Colorado in 1887 [4]
  • Thomas Foreman, who arrived in Colorado in 1888 [4]

Australia Foreman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Foreman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Foreman, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • John Foreman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
  • John Foreman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [7]
  • Christina Foreman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [7]
  • George Foreman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Foreman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Foreman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard White Foreman, (b. 1797), aged 43, British shoemaker, born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [8]
  • Mrs. Susannah Foreman née Gore, (b. 1794), aged 47, British settler, born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [8]
  • Mr. David Foreman (Sole), (b. 1822), aged 18, British settler, born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [8]
  • Mr. Richard White Foreman, Jr., (b. 1823), aged 17, British settler, born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [8]
  • Mr. James Foreman (Sole), (b. 1819), aged 22, British settler, born in Kent travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Foreman (post 1700) +

  • George Edward Foreman (b. 1949), American two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and successful entrepreneur
  • Earl Foreman (1924-2017), American lawyer and sports executive who owned an interest in the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League
  • Deborah Lynn Foreman (b. 1962), American actress
  • Francis Isaiah "Monkey" Foreman (1863-1957), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher
  • Jonathan Mark Foreman (b. 1976), the lead singer, lead guitarist, and co-founder of the alternative rock band Switchfoot
  • Captain Michael J. Foreman (b. 1957), NASA Astronaut with over 637 hours in space [9]
  • Carl Foreman CBE (1914-1984), American producer, writer and director of movies "High Noon" and "The Men"
  • Walter "Chuck" Foreman (b. 1950), American retired American NFL football running back
  • Richard Foreman (b. 1937), American playwright and avant-garde theater pioneer
  • Dave Foreman (b. 1947), American environmentalist
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Benjamin Laventall Foreman (d. 1912), aged 30, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Elmer Lee Foreman, American Fireman Second Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Foreman +

  • 1163 The Genealogy of the Families Formon-Boisclair (also Foreman), Walker, Beers, Lacy by Mary W. Meadows.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Michael Foreman. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/foreman.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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