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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."

Forsberg Early Origins



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.

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Forsberg Spelling Variations


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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.

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Forsberg Early History


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Forsberg Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forsberg research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1650 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Forsberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forsberg Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forsberg Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forsberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Forsberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Christina Forsberg, aged 20, arrived in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1832
  • Fredrika Wilhelmina Forsberg, aged 28, landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1845

Forsberg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carl Adolph Forsberg, who landed in New York, NY in 1903
  • Charles Forsberg, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsberg (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsberg (post 1700)



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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Forsberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forsberg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 May 2016 at 21:15.

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