Forord History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Forord is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family 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 Forord family
The surname Forord 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 Forord family
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Forord Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Forord were recorded, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forord family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forord family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Forord family emigrate to 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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