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Forest Family History

Forest 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 ‘forest’; or a habitational name from (La) Forest the name of several places in various parts of France. Unlike modern French forêt forest was not simply a word for extensive woodland but referred specifically to large wooded areas reserved by law for the king and his nobles to hunt in (see also English Forrest ). Compare Deforest and Laforest . English and Scottish: variant of Forrest a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Foret, Fones, Laforest, Forrest, Forester, Forse, Fares, Deforest

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Where is the Forest family from?

You can see how Forest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forest families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 132 Forest families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Forest's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Forest families in 1891.
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What did your Forest ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Nil and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Forest. 15% of Forest men worked as a Nil and 81% of Forest women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forest were Retired and Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Nil
    15%
  • Carpet Works Labourer
    15%
  • Builders Labourer
    15%
  • Retired
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    81%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Service Nurse
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
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Census Records

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Forest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Forest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Forest. For the veterans among your Forest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forest lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Forest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Forest in 1942 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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