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Forest History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


The surname Forest is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Foret is derived from the Old French word "foret," meaning "forest," and distinguished a person who lived in or near such a place. In some cases it may have been used as an occupational surname for a forester.


Early Origins of the Forest family


The surname Forest was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this renowned family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Forest family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forest research.
Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1442, 1539, 1620, 1638, 1790, 1793, 1726, 1580, 1659, 1636, 1712, 1729, 1796 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Forest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forest Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Foret, Forest, Forez, Forait, Foraie, Forais, Foraies, Foré, Forêt, Forêst, Forer, Forey, La Foret, La Forest, La Forez, La Forait, La Foraie, La Forais, La Foraies, La Foré, La Forêt, La Forêst, Laforest, La Forer and many more.

Early Notables of the Forest family (pre 1700)


Notable in the family name at this time was Guillaume de La Forest, Magistrate of Faucigny; Laurenz Forer (1580-1659), a Swiss Jesuit theologian and controversialist; and Jean-Baptiste Forest, (1636-1712) a French landscape...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Forest family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • George Forest, who landed in Jamestown Va in 1607 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1608
  • Daniel Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • James Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Baptiste Forest, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Paul Forest, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Anthony Forest, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1758 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Benoist Forest, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Marie Forest, who settled in Maryland in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Forest, who landed in New York in 1813 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Forest, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Lemuel De Forest, aged 30, settled in New York in 1820
  • Joseph Forest, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • J Forest, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Forest Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Forest, son of René and Françoise, married Marie Guillebaud, daughter of Charles and Anne, in Port-Royal, Quebec on 25th November 1720 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Forest, son of René and Françoise, married Jeanne Girouard, daughter of Alexandre and Marie, in Port-Royal, Quebec on 20th October 1727 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Joseph Forest, son of Joseph and Anne, married Agathe Badaillac, daughter of Gilles and Marie-Thérèse, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 16th September 1765 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean-Baptiste Forest, son of Marin-Paul and Marie-Anne, married Marie-Anne Guérin, daughter of Joseph and Élisabeth, in Terrebonne, Quebec on 3rd October 1768 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Forest Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jean Forest, aged 37, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Henry Forest, aged 23, a saddler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Maria Forest, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Forest (post 1700)


  • Herbert Léon Forest, American Government Official
  • Lee De Forest (1873-1961), American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit including the vacuum tube
  • Frank Forest (1896-1976), American opera singer
  • Abel De Forest, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1809-10, 1812-14 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jean-Marie Forest, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Jean-Marie Forest. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  • Jean-Claude Forest (1930-1998), French comic book author and creator of Barbarella
  • Joseph Léon Bertrand Forest, Canadian Government Official, Quebec
  • Brigadier-General John Forest Goodman (1891-1947), American Commanding Officer, 364th Infantry Regiment (1942-1945) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) John Goodman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Goodman/John_Forest/USA.html
  • Bernard Forest de Belidor, French engineer
  • J. Forest Potts, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1928 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Historic Events for the Forest family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. McAdam Carruthers De Forest (1922-1941), Australian Stoker from East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

The Forest Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout travers
Motto Translation: All through


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Jean-Marie Forest. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) John Goodman. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Goodman/John_Forest/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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