The name Forrorthay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Forrorthay family
The surname Forrorthay was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Forrorthay family
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Forrorthay 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. Forrorthay has been spelled many different ways, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forrorthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrorthay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Forrorthays 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.