The ancestors of the name Fourth date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fourth family 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 Fourth family
The surname Fourth was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Fourth family
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Fourth Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fourth are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fourth include: Forth, Forthe, Fourth, Fourthe, Forith, Foryth and many more.
Early Notables of the Fourth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fourth family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fourth or a variant listed above:
Fourth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fourth, who landed in Virginia in 1659 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)