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The chronicle of the name Forsey begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, which means man of peace. However, some recorded examples of the surname Forsey suggest that it is occasionally a local name derived from residence a place named Forsythe.

Forsey Early Origins



The surname Forsey was first found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Forsey Spelling Variations


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Forsey Spelling Variations



When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Forsey has been written Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.

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Forsey Early History


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Forsey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forsey research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1446, 1504, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Forsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forsey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forsey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Forsey In Ireland


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Forsey In Ireland



Some of the Forsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Forsey:

Forsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeremiah Forsey, who settled in Maryland in 1658
  • Jeremiah Forsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Forsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Forsey, who was naturalized in Iowa in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsey (post 1700)



  • Brock L. Forsey (b. 1980), former American NFL football running back who played from 2003 to 2005
  • Keith Forsey (b. 1948), English Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning soundtrack composer, drummer, songwriter and record producer, perhaps best known for co-writing "Flashdance... What a Feeling" and for co-writing "Don't You (Forget About Me)", from The Breakfast Club
  • Herbert Jack Forsey (1913-1998), Canadian NHL ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1942-1943)
  • Stephen Forsey, co-founder of Greubel Forsey, a high-end watchmaking company in Switzerland in 2004
  • Eugene Alfred Forsey PC CC FRSC (1904-1991), Newfoundland-born, Canadian Senator for Nepean, Ontario (1970-1979)
  • Clayton Forsey MHA (b. 1953), Canadian politician, Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly for Exploits (2005-)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Instaurator ruinae
Motto Translation: A repairer of ruin.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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    The Forsey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forsey 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 20 April 2016 at 13:18.

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