Fourorthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The 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. [1]

Forth is "a well-known river of Scotland; also a village in Lancashire." [2]

Early Origins of the Fourorthay family

The surname Fourorthay 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. [3] 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. [4]

Another source notes that William de la Forde was listed in Kent in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 [5] and in Somerset, William atte Forde was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [6]

Early History of the Fourorthay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fourorthay research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1379, 1610, 1676, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Fourorthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fourorthay Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Fourorthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fourorthay family

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.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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