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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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Where is the Forrest family from?

You can see how Forrest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forrest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forrest families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,481 Forrest families living in Lancashire. This was about 32% of all the recorded Forrest's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Forrest families in 1891.
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What did your Forrest ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Forrest. 12% of Forrest men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Forrest women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forrest were Retired and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    12%
  • Cotton Weaver
    5%
  • Motor Driver
    4%
  • Retired
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Cotton Weaver
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    3%
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Passenger Lists

There are 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Forrest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Forrest. For the veterans among your Forrest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forrest lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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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