Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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