The origins of the Forrithey name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the 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.
Early Origins of the Forrithey family
The surname Forrithey was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Forrithey family
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Forrithey 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 Forrithey were recorded, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forrithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrithey family to the New World and Oceana
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 Forrithey 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.