Anglo-Saxon name Fourorthay comes from when the family resided 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 Fourorthay family
Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Fourorthay family
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Fourorthay Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fourorthay include Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Fourorthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fourorthay family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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