The lineage of the name Forthes begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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 Forthes family
The surname Forthes was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Forthes family
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Forthes Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Forthes has undergone many spelling variations
, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forthes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forthes family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Forthes were among those contributors: John Forth landed in Virginia in 1623; and George Forth purchased land in Virginia in 1635; followed by Jennett in 1651; Ann Forth settled in New York in 1820.