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OTHER FORMS: Fersith
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 3/19/2009
Meaning & History
Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Fearsithe
, composed of the elements fear
‘man’ + sith
‘peace’. Some early forms with prepositions, as for example William de Fersith
(Edinburgh 1365), seem to point to an alternative origin as a habitational name, but no place name of suitable form is known. The spelling Forsythe is associated chiefly with northern Ireland.