The surname of FORSBERG was derived from the Old English word 'fosseg' a locational name meaning, the dweller by the low-lying land near a dyke. Local names usually denoted where a man held land. The name was originally derived from the Old Swedish FORS meaning waterfall, perhaps taken by someone who lived by a waterfall. This is one of the many Swedish names, taken more or less arbitrarily in the 19th century from words referring to natural phenomenan and compounded with other elements to make compound surnames. Early records of the name mention Arnold de la Forsie who was documented in the year 1282 in London. John del Forsey was recorded in 1297 in County Yorkshire. Richard del Fosse, County Somerset, during the reign of Edward 111 (1327-1377). Edwin Fors of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Simon Force was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). The name is also spelt FORS, FORSSEN, FORLING and FORSMAN. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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