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The family name Forte is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Forte was a name given to a strong, brave, or hardy person as the name was originally derived from the Old French fort, which meant strong. Another derivation suggests that the name is a local surname and it indicates that its bearer lived near a fortress or stronghold. The former is more common, but time has confused the two derivations and etymologists now disagree on which is appropriate in a given instance.

Forte Early Origins



The surname Forte was first found in Lancashire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were Lords of the manor of this estate. They are believed to be descended from the Norman noble, William de Fortibus, Earl of Albemarle, who married Isobel, Countess of Devon. This line eventually became Earls of Lancaster, and conjecturally the junior lines assumed the name Forte.

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Forte Spelling Variations


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Forte Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Forte have been found, including Fort, Forte, Forts, Fortes, Foort, Foorte and many more.

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Forte Early History


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Forte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forte research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forte Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forte Notables 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



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Forte were among those contributors:

Forte Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Anton Forte, who came to Veragua in 1535

Forte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marmaduke Forte, who came to Maryland in 1653
  • Mary Forte, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Forte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anonzo Forte, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1815
  • Anton Forte, who landed in Veragua in 1835
  • Agostino Forte, aged 29, who settled in America from Italy, in 1893

Forte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelaide Forte, aged 14, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1904
  • Alberiza Forte, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Campobasso, Castelpetroso, in 1908
  • Addolorota Forte, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Campobasso, Italy, in 1908
  • Adele Forte, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Napoli, Italy, in 1909
  • Adruno Forte, aged 59, who landed in America from Menturni, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forte (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forte (post 1700)



  • Joe Forte, American writer and painter
  • Allen Forte (b. 1926), American music theorist and musicologist
  • Charles Forte (1908-2007), Baron Forte, the famous hotelier, founder of Forte Group plc, a British hotel and restaurant company in 1935
  • Jonathan Forte (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Joe Forte (1893-1967), British actor who usually portrayed professional men, faculty members, doctors, lawyers, coroners, and the like
  • Bruno Forte (b. 1949), Italian theologian and ecclesiastic

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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: Fortis et audax
Motto Translation: Strong and brave


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Forte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forte 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 11 January 2016 at 08:26.

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