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Where did the Scottish Forsythe family come from? What is the Scottish Forsythe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Forsythe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Forsythe family history?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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Forsythe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Forsythe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Forsythe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Forsythe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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