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On the Scottish west coast, the Forgie family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name "Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus as "Fercos."

Forgie Early Origins



The surname Forgie was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway (d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.

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Forgie Spelling Variations


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Forgie Spelling Variations



In various documents Forgie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

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Forgie Early History


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Forgie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forgie research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Forgie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forgie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forgie Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Forgie In Ireland


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Forgie In Ireland



Some of the Forgie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Forgie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Forgie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • John Forgie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Forgie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Gilbert Forgie, who landed in Canada in 1820

Forgie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forgie, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forgie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forgie (post 1700)



  • George Forgie (b. 1948), retired professional Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Jennifer "Jenn" Forgie (b. 1969), Canadian actress and singer
  • James Moffat Forgie (1889-1969), Canadian politician, Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    The Forgie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forgie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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