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Where did the English Forister family come from? What is the English Forister family crest and coat of arms? When did the Forister family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Forister family history?The Forister surname was no doubt taken on by someone who either lived in or near a forest, or perhaps worked in the forest. The Middle English word "forest" referred specifically to an area of woodland reserved by law as hunting grounds for the king or his nobles. No doubt, as a surname, Forister would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain.
The name Forister, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.
First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Early records include John Forester, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Surrey of 1183, and Richard le Forester listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1240. There was also a Shropshire family of this name, who held custody of part of the Wrekin forest. An early record of this family lists a Hugh Forester as a witness 1187.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forister research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1471, and 1538 are included under the topic Early Forister History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Forister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Forister family, or who bore a variation of the surname Forister were James Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1654; George Forest settled in Virginia in 1608, 12 years before the "Mayflower"; Toby Forrester settled in Virginia in 1655.
The Forister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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