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Forter is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a "ford" in a river, a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.

Forter Early Origins



The surname Forter was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Forter Spelling Variations


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Forter Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Forter family name include Forder, Forders and others.

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Forter Early History


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Forter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forter research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1397 and 1407 are included under the topic Early Forter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forter 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 political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Forter surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Matthew Forder landed in Virginia in 1637; Philip Forder purchased land in Pennsylvania in 1682; Deborah Forder and her two children settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765. Many members of the Forder name joined those immigrants who made Pennsylvania their home in the mid-1800's..

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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    The Forter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forter 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 12 July 2012 at 14:21.

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