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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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 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
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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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  • 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
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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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    Other References

    1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. 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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