Forths History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Forths date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 is "a well-known river of Scotland; also a village in Lancashire." 
Early Origins of the Forths family
The surname Forths was first found in Hampshire where an early Latin form of the name appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Bruman de la forda.  Later, Eadric æt Fordan was listed as an Old English Byname in Somerset 1100-1130. Reginald de la Forthe was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 for Suffolk. In Sussex, Geoffrey atte Forde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. 
Another source notes that William de la Forde was listed in Kent in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273  and in Somerset, William atte Forde was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) 
Early History of the Forths family
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Forths Spelling Variations
Forths has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Forths have been found, including Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Forths family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forths family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Forthss to arrive on North American shores: 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.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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