Anglo-Saxon name Forrithay comes from when the family resided 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 Forrithay family
Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Forrithay family
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Forrithay Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Forrithay has been recorded under many different variations, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forrithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrithay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Forrithay or a variant listed above: 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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