Forsberg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Forsberg is of Old English origin. It is derived from "fosseg," meaning "dweller by the low-lying land near a dyke."

Early Origins of the Forsberg family

The surname Forsberg was first found in Durham, where the family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed, but Saxon surnames survived and the name was first referenced in the 13th century, when the family held estates in that county.

Early History of the Forsberg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forsberg research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1705, 1679, 1681 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Forsberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forsberg Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Forsberg family name include Forser, Forzer, Fouser, Fourzer, Forcer, Forsar, Forzar, Fousse, Foussard, Fors, Forse, Forsberg, Fosse, Forsey, Forsay and many more.

Early Notables of the Forsberg family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Francis Forcer the Elder (1650?-1705?), an English composer. He " is mentioned by Hawkins as the writer of many songs, five of which may be found in Playford's 'Choyce Ayres and Dialogues,' bk. ii. 1679, one in the edition of 1681, and...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forsberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Forsberg migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Forsberg surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Forsberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Forsberg, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
Forsberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johanna Christina Forsberg, aged 20, who arrived in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1832 [1]
  • Fredrika Wilhelmina Forsberg, aged 28, who landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1845 [1]
Forsberg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carl Adolph Forsberg, who landed in New York, NY in 1903 [1]
  • Charles Forsberg, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Forsberg (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Forsberg, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1960 [2]
  • Randall Forsberg, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 2002 [2]
  • Goram E. Forsberg, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Thompson, 1902 [2]
  • Franklin S. Forsberg (1905-2002), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, 1981-85 [2]
  • David P. Forsberg, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1988 [2]
  • August O. Forsberg, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Willmar, Minnesota, 1915-23 [2]
  • Albert T. Forsberg, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1956 [2]
  • Peter Mattias "Foppa" Forsberg (b. 1973), Swedish retired professional ice hockey player


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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