The name Forters is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived near a "ford" in a river, a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.
Early Origins of the Forters family
The surname Forters was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Forters family
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Forters Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Forters are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Forters include: Forder, Forders and others.
Early Notables of the Forters family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forters family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Forters or a variant listed above: 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..