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Force Genealogy and Force Family History Information

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  • Abigail Force (1702 - 1793)
  • David Force (1758 - 1815)
  • Deborah Force (1674 - c.1708)
  • Madeleine Talmage Astor (1893 - 1940)
    Madeleine Astor Dick (née Talmage-Force, formerly Fiermonte) (June 19, 1893 – March 27, 1940) was the second wife and widow of millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and a survivor of RMS Titanic. Titania...
  • Brevet Maj. General Manning Force (USA) (1824 - 1899)
    Manning Ferguson Force (December 17, 1824 – May 8, 1899) was a lawyer, judge and soldier from Ohio. He became known as the commander of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Union Army during the A...

About the Force surname



  • English: variant of Fosse. There has been some confusion with northwestern English force in the sense of ‘waterfall’, it is possible that the surname may also have arisen as a topographic name for someone living by a waterfall.
  • French: topographic name for someone who lived by a fortress or stronghold, Old French force, Late Latin fortia, a derivative of fortis ‘strong’ (see Fort). There are several places named with this word (for example in Aude, and baronial lands in the Dordogne), and it may also be a habitational name from any of these.

[Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]