Forrest Family History

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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 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Forrest. 26% of Forrest men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Forrest women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forrest were Clerk and Operator

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Nurse
  • Operator

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

Forrest Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 235,000 census records available for the last name Forrest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forrest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Forrest Life Expectancy

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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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