Forgie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Fergus I ( fl. 330 B.C.?), "son of Ferchard, was the first king of Scotland, according to the fictitious chronology of Boece and Buchanan, is said to have come to Scotland from Ireland about 330 B.C. to assist the Scots already settled in Scotland against the joint attack of the Picts and Britons. After succeeding in this he is further said to have gone back to Ireland to quell disturbances which had arisen in his absence, and to have been drowned in the passage off the rock or port which got the name of Carrick Fergus from him. " [1]

Early Origins of the Forgie family

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.

Constantine Mac Fergus (d. 820), was King of the Picts, he "acquired the monarchy by the defeat of Conall Mac Taidg (Teige), who was assassinated in 807 by another Conall, son of Aidan, a Dalriad king in Kintyre. " [1]

Early History of the Forgie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forgie research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, 1582 and are included under the topic Early Forgie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Forgie family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Forgie family to Ireland

Some of the Forgie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Forgie migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • John Forgie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]

Canada Forgie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forgie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gilbert Forgie, who landed in Canada in 1820

Australia Forgie migration to Australia +

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

Forgie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Forgie, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

New Zealand Forgie 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:

Forgie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Forgie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [3]

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


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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