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Laforest Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one, from Old French forest, with the definite article la. Unlike modern French forêt, forest was not simply a word for extensive woodland, but referred specifically to large, partly or mainly wooded areas reserved by law for the king and his nobles to hunt in. Americanized form of French La Forêt, a modern spelling of 1, here translated into English with the article left intact. Compare Lafontaine.

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


Similar surnames: Forrest, Foret, Deforest, Laforge, Forst, Lefort, Laforce, Lafosse

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Where is the Laforest family from?

You can see how Laforest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laforest family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Laforest families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 460 Laforest families living in Quebec. This was about 84% of all the recorded Laforest's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Laforest families in 1911.
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What did your Laforest ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Couturire were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Laforest. 35% of Laforest men worked as a Cultivateur and 27% of Laforest women worked as a Couturire. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laforest were Commis and Servante. .

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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 1921

  • Cultivateur
    35%
  • Journalier
    20%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Commis
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Couturire
    27%
  • Colier
    20%
  • Institutrice
    20%
  • Servante
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 878 immigration records available for the last name Laforest. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Laforest. For the veterans among your Laforest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laforest lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Laforest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Laforest in 1951 was 62, and 71 in 2004.

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