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The origins of the Forse name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Forse is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Forse Early Origins



The surname Forse was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times. The name is first documented as early as 978, recorded as Fos.

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Forse Spelling Variations


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Forse 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 Forse were recorded, including Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

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Forse Early History


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Forse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forse research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1327, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Forse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forse Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forse 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



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 Forse family emigrate to North America:

Forse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Forse, a bonded emigrant from London to Maryland in 1743
  • James Forse, who landed in Virginia in 1754

Forse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Forse, who was living in Sacramento, California in 1863

Forse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Forse or Furse settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1703 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Forse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Northumberland" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forse (post 1700)



  • Jay Forse, American professional drummer
  • Charles Thomas Forse (1846-1925), Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Forse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forse 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 9 August 2015 at 21:10.

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