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Forster Family History

Forster Surname Meaning

English: shortened form of Forrester an occupational name for someone who worked in a forest. English: possibly a Norman French nickname or occupational name from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors or shears cutler’. Compare Force and Forse . German (mainly Förster): agent derivative of Middle High German forst ‘forest’ denoting someone who lived in or near a royal forest or who worked in one (see Forst ). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Foerster . Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Forst ‘forest’.

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


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

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Where is the Forster family from?

You can see how Forster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forster families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,719 Forster families living in Durham. This was about 28% of all the recorded Forster's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Forster families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forster surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forster 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 Forster. 9% of Forster men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Forster women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forster were Builders Labourer and Unpaid Household 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

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Farmer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    2%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 110,000 immigration records available for the last name Forster. 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 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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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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