Forithey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Forithey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at or near a forth, which is an area of the river that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading. The word forth developed into the modern English word ford. 
Forth is "a well-known river of Scotland; also a village in Lancashire." 
Early Origins of the Forithey family
The surname Forithey was first found in Hampshire where an early Latin form of the name appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Bruman de la forda.  Later, Eadric æt Fordan was listed as an Old English Byname in Somerset 1100-1130. Reginald de la Forthe was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 for Suffolk. In Sussex, Geoffrey atte Forde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. 
Another source notes that William de la Forde was listed in Kent in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273  and in Somerset, William atte Forde was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) 
Early History of the Forithey family
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Forithey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Forithey has been spelled many different ways, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forithey family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Foritheys to arrive in North America: John Forth landed in Virginia in 1623; and George Forth purchased land in Virginia in 1635; followed by Jennett in 1651; Ann Forth settled in New York in 1820.
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