Subject: Re: Garson and Forsyth
Author: Hilary   (guest)
Date: May 6, 2006 at 2:55 PM
Reply to: Garson and Forsyth by Paulina

From http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.c/qx/garson-coat-arms.htm:

"Garson is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is a name for a young boy who worked as a valet or servant to a nobleman which is derived from the French root garcon, which literally means boy.

"Spelling variations include: Garson, Garcon and others.

"First found in Yorkshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

"Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Robert Garson who settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1775; August Garson settled in Philadelphia in 1868; along with James; C. Garson arrived in San Francisco in 1851."

From http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.c/qx/forsyth-coat-arms.htm:

"The history of the name Forsyth starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name Forsyth is derived from the old Gaelic personal name Fearsithe, which means 'man of peace'. However, some recorded examples of the surname Forsyth suggest that it is occasionally a local name derived from the residence in some place named Forsythe.

"Spelling variations include: Forsyth, Forsythe, Forseyth, Forsy, Foursides and others.

"First found in Stirlingshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

"Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: James Forsyth who settled in New England in 1685; Catherine Forsyth who settled in Georgia in 1747; Adam Forsyth settled in Philadelphia in 1802; followed by Henry, James, John, Joseph, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, and Thomas Forsyth, who all passed through the same port between 1800 and 1865.

"The motto of the Scottish Forsyth family is Instaurator ruinae, which means 'A repairer of ruin'."

From http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=Garson:

French and Scottish (Orkney): occupational name for a young servant, from the oblique case of Old French gars ‘boy’, ‘lad’.

From http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/Fact.aspx?fid=10&ln=Forsyth:

Scottish: variant spelling of Forsythe.

Scottish: from an 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.

I hope this helps, Paulina!

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