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The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Forsyth family. The name Forsyth is derived from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, which means man of peace. However, some recorded examples of the surname Forsyth suggest that it is occasionally a local name derived from residence a place named Forsythe.

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The surname Forsyth 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.

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Forsyth has been spelled Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.


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

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

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Some of the Forsyth 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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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Forsyth:

Forsyth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gilbert Forsyth, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1672
  • James Forsyth who settled in New England in 1685
  • Matthew Forsyth, who landed in New Jersey in 1693

Forsyth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Forsyth, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1717
  • Catherine Forsyth settled in Georgia in 1747
  • Berobeer Forsyth, aged 22, landed in Carolina in 1774
  • Bezabeer Forsyth, aged 22, arrived in Carolina in 1774
  • Archibald Forsyth, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Forsyth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Forsyth settled in Philadelphia in 1802
  • John Forsyth, who landed in America in 1810
  • Joseph Forsyth, who landed in New York in 1810
  • Mary Forsyth, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • Valentine Forsyth, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811
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Forsyth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Forsyth U.E., "Forsythe, Forsey, Farsee" (b. 1738) born in Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA from Springfield, Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Home District, Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1783 he died in 1813, married to Eunice with 6 children
  • Mr. James Forsyth U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Forsyth U.E. who settled in Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Robert Forsyth U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. George Forsyth U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
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Forsyth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Forsyth, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • William Forsyth, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1833
  • Robert Forsyth, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Rebecca Forsyth, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

Forsyth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nelson Forsyth, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Forsyth, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ann Forsyth, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • James Forsyth arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836
  • John Forsyth, aged 46, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
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Forsyth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Forsyth, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Forsyth, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary Forsyth, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • William Forsyth, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Simon Forsyth arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
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  • John Forsyth Sr. (1780-1841), American politician, 13th United States Secretary of State (1834-1841)
  • John Forsyth, American politician, Postmaster at York, Pennsylvania, 1788-89
  • James Forsyth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892; Chair of Tioga County Republican Party, 1910
  • James Forsyth Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 4th District, 1884
  • J. Frank Forsyth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940
  • Don Forsyth, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1952, 1964; Candidate for University of Illinois trustee, 1956
  • Cora A. Forsyth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Benjamin Forsyth (1775-1814), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature, 1807
  • Alexander Forsyth, American politician, Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1894
  • Mrs. A. C. Forsyth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1948
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Forsyth Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Glenbervie Edwin Forsyth (1918-1941), Australian Electrical Artificer 4th Class from Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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  • Genealogy of Newton-Forsyth by Leo L. Lemonds and Zelma Newton Bose.
  • A Genealogical Record: Forsyth of Naydie by Frederic Gregory Forsyth Vicomte.
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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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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Forsyth
Forcey, Forceys, Forsaith, Forsaithy, Forsaord, Forsaorde, Forsaork, Forsaorth, Forsaorthe, Forsaorthy, Forsey, Forseys, Forseyth, Forsy, Forsyses, Forsyth, Forsythe, Fourside, Foursides and more.

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    Other References

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    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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