Forth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Forth surname lived at or near a forth, which is an area of the river that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading. The word forth developed into the modern English word ford.

Early Origins of the Forth family

The surname Forth was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Forth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forth research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1379, 1610, 1676, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Forth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forth 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 Forth 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. The variations of the name Forth include: Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.

Early Notables of the Forth family (pre 1700)

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Forth migration to the United States

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 Forth or a variant listed above:

Forth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Forth, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Forth purchased land in Virginia in 1635
  • George Forth, aged 27, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Jon Forth, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Jennett Forth, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Forth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Forth, who settled in New York in 1820
  • Henr Forth, who landed in North America in 1832 [1]
  • H. Forth settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Cathr Forth, aged 60, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 [1]
  • Emilie Forth, aged 26, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [1]

Forth migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Forth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Forth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]
  • Thomas Forth, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Forth (post 1700)

  • Craig Forth, American former college basketball player for the Syracuse Orange from East Greenbush, New York
  • Mercy "Miss Kitty" Forth, American actress, best known for her leading role as Eve in Eve's Dropping In (2003)
  • Elisabeth "Lisette" Denison Forth (1786-1866), African-American slave who worked as a maid and became a landowner and philanthropist
  • John Forth (1769-1848), British jockey and racehorse trainer, the oldest man to have ridden a Epsom Derby winner
  • Eric Forth (1944-2006), British politician, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (2001-2003)
  • Jane Forth (b. 1953), American actress, known for her work on Trash (1970), The Prowler (1981) and Women in Revolt (1971)

Historic Events for the Forth family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Herbert Forth (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Flemington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from
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