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Forrest Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. Middle English forest was not, as today, a near-synonym of wood, but referred specifically to a large area of woodland reserved by law for the purposes of hunting by the king and his nobles. The same applied to the European cognates, both Germanic and Romance. The English word is from Old French forest, Late Latin forestis (silva). This is generally taken to be a derivative of foris ‘outside’; the reference was probably to woods lying outside a habitation. On the other hand, Middle High German for(e)st has been held to be a derivative of Old High German foraha ‘fir’ (see Forster), with the addition of a collective suffix.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Foret, Forst, Norris, Forbes, Gorrell, Fornes, Fries, Ferrett

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Forrest Family Origin

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Forrest Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Forrest family was Annuitant. Farmer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forrest. The most common Forrest occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Forrest's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%
  • Annuitant

    2%

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Forrest Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, Forrest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Forrest in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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