Forreste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Forreste family lived in areas near or inside a forest. Some research suggests that the surname is also a shortened form of Forester. The Middle English word forest referred specifically to an area of woodland reserved by law as hunting grounds for the king or his nobles. As such, the surname, Forreste would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain.
Early Origins of the Forreste family
The surname Forreste was 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.
Important Dates for the Forreste family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forreste research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1390, 1527, 1520, 1602, 1654, 1633, 1698, 1668, 1720, 1701, 1714, 1703, 1715, 1709, 1709, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Forreste History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forreste Spelling Variations
Over the years, Forreste has been written It appears under these variations because medieval scribes spelled names according to sound rather than by any over-arching set of rules. Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.
Early Notables of the Forreste family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forreste family to Ireland
Some of the Forreste family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forreste family
When these Boernician-Scottish settlers arrived in North America they brought little with them and often had restart their lives from scratch. Through time, much of their heritage was lost, and it is only this century through Clan societies and highland games that many have recovered their national heritage. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Forreste family to immigrate North America: 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.