Forsythia is the name of a genus of flowering plants, named after Scottish botanist William Forsyth, Forsyth being a Scottish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Fearsithe meaning “man of peace” or “peaceful man”, made up of Scottish Gaelic elements fear (man; husband) and sìth (peace), the latter also being “fairy”. It’s also possible that Forsyth may have originated as a locational name, of unknown origin. It’s possible that the first part of the name may be derived from Scottish Gaelic feur meaning “grass” combined with sìth “fairy”, perhaps referring to a spot where fairies lived, but that’s just guesswork on my part.
- Forsyth (Scottish, English)
- Forsythe (Scottish, English)