Origins Available: English
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.
Early Origins of the Forter family
The surname Forter was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Forter family
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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.
Early Notables of the Forter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forter family to the New World and Oceana
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..