Forey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Forey 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 Forey family

The surname Forey 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 Forey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forey 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 Forey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forey 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 Forey 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...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Forey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Forey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856

Australia Forey migration to Australia +

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

Forey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Forey, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Forey (post 1700) +

  • Forey Duckett, former American defensive back in the National Football League


The Forey 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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml


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