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Subject: Re: surname Forman
Author: Sean Foglai   (guest)
Date: June 12, 2005 at 4:39 PM
Reply to: surname Forman by Chris Colombo

On Ancestory.com ...

English: occupational name for a keeper of swine, Middle English foreman, from Old English fôr ‘hog’, ‘pig’ + mann ‘man’.
English: status name for a leader or spokesman for a group, from Old English fore ‘before’, ‘in front’ + mann ‘man’. The word is attested in this sense from the 15th century, but is not used specifically for the leader of a gang of workers before the late 16th century.
Czech and Jewish (from Bohemia, Moravia): occupational name for a carter, Czech forman, a loanword from German.

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  • surname Forman - Chris Colombo  Jun 12 2005, 11:53 AM
    • Re: surname Forman - Sean Foglai  Jun 12 2005, 4:39 PM