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

Forsythe Early Origins



The surname Forsythe 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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Forsythe Spelling Variations


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Forsythe 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. Forsythe has been written Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.

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Forsythe Early History


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Forsythe Early History



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

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Forsythe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forsythe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Forsythe In Ireland


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Forsythe In Ireland



Some of the Forsythe 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 Forsythe:

Forsythe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Forsythe, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Forsythe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forsythe, who landed in America in 1805
  • William Forsythe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • Kitty Forsythe, who landed in New York in 1817
  • Daniel Forsythe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Ps in 1827
  • Alexander Forsythe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forsythe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forsythe, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary Forsythe, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • William Forsythe, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary Jane Forsythe, aged 1, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Forsythe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Forsythe, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsythe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forsythe (post 1700)



  • Earlene Forsythe (b. 1949), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2004
  • Clellan S. Forsythe (1895-1953), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; Automobile dealer; Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1945-48
  • Charles E. Forsythe, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1958, 1962
  • Carl W. Forsythe, American politician, Mayor of Ferndale, Michigan, 1941-49
  • C. W. Forsythe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1900
  • Albert Palaska Forsythe (1830-1906), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1879-81
  • Abe Forsythe, American Democrat politician, Chair of Cabell County Democratic Party, 1940-42; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945
  • Edwin Bell Forsythe (1916-1984), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Burlington County, 1964-70; Delegate to New Jersey State Constitutional Convention, 1966
  • George A. Forsythe, American politician, First Selectman of Waterford, Connecticut, 1921-22
  • James Forsythe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2004
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. 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).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Forsythe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forsythe 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.

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