The founding heritage of the Forwoit family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Forwoit comes from when one of the family worked as a swineherd, a person who tended hogs. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English elements for,
which meant pig or hog, and weard,
which meant guard or watchman.
Early Origins of the Forwoit family
The surname Forwoit was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Forwoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forwoit research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Forwoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forwoit Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Forwoit has been spelled many different ways, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forwoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forwoit family to Ireland
Some of the Forwoit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forwoit family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Forwoits to arrive in North America: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.