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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.

Forth Early Origins



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

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Forth Spelling Variations


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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.

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Forth Early History


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Forth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forth research. Another 195 words (14 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.

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Forth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Forth purchased land in Virginia in 1635
  • George Forth, aged 27, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Forth, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Jennett Forth 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 settled in New York in 1820
  • Henr Forth, who landed in North America in 1832
  • H. Forth settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Cathr Forth, aged 60, arrived in New York, NY in 1874
  • Emilie Forth, aged 26, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893

Forth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Forth arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Thomas Forth, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forth (post 1700)


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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)

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Forth Historic Events


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Forth Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Herbert Forth (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Flemington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Forth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forth 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 21 November 2015 at 13:11.

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