The ancestors of the name Fororthay date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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.
Early Origins of the Fororthay family
The surname Fororthay was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fororthay family
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Fororthay Spelling Variations
Fororthay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Fororthay have been found, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Fororthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fororthay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fororthays to arrive on North American shores: 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.