Forster Family History

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Forster Name Meaning

English: occupational and topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a forest (see Forrest). English: Norman French nickname or occupational name from Old French forcetier ‘cutter’, an agent noun from forcettes ‘scissors’. English: occupational name, by metathesis, from Old French fust(r)ier ‘blockmaker’ (a derivative of fustre ‘block of wood’). German (Förster): occupational and topographic name for someone who lived and worked in a forest (see Forst). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Forst ‘forest’.

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

Similar surnames: Porter, Oster, Forestier, Foster, Forst, Fenster, Doster, Forsey

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Forster Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Forster name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Forster. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Forster Family Origin

Where is the Forster family from?

Forster Family Occupations

What did your Forster ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Forster occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Forster's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forster. A less common occupation for the Forster family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Clerk

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Forster ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Forster Historical Records

What Forster family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 210,000 census records available for the last name Forster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forster 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 110,000 immigration records available for the last name Forster. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Forster. For the veterans among your Forster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Forster Life Expectancy

What is the average Forster lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Forster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Forster in 1945 was 63, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Forster ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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