Fourorthey is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Fourorthey family
The surname Fourorthey was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fourorthey family
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Fourorthey Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fourorthey family name include Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Fourorthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fourorthey family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fourorthey surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.