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The surname Deforest 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.

Deforest Early Origins



The surname Deforest 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.

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Deforest Spelling Variations


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Deforest 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.

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Deforest Early History


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Deforest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deforest research. Another 609 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1442, 1539, 1620, 1638, 1790, 1793, 1580, 1659, 1636 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Deforest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deforest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deforest Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deforest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deforest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry DeForest, who arrived in New York, NY in 1636
  • Isaac DeForest, who arrived in New York, NY in 1636

Deforest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marie DeForest, aged 21, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785

Deforest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William DeForest, who landed in Arkansas in 1898

Deforest Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ephraim Deforest, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Private Abraham DeForest U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 he enlisted in 1781 was part of the Kings Royal Rangers of New York 2nd Battalion he died in 1842 in Halton County, Ontario, married to Elizabeth Bowman in 1791 in Niagara Falls, Ontario [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ephraim Deforest U.E. born in Reading, Connecticut, USA from Reading, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a member of the Loyal Association in Reading, listed as a passenger on Union Transport [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Deforest Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Luther DeForest, who landed in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deforest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deforest (post 1700)



  • Henry Wheeler DeForest (1855-1938), American railroad executive
  • Calvert Grant DeForest (1921-2007), American actor and comedian, best known by his character Larry "Bud" Melman, cousin of actor DeForest Kelley of Star Trek
  • John H. DeForest, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1827
  • Richard D. DeForest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1938
  • Robert Elliott DeForest (1845-1924), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1878-79, 1889-91; Member of Connecticut State Senate 14th District, 1883-84
  • Robert G. DeForest (b. 1878), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1914
  • Russell deForest, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 2002
  • Theodore DeForest, American Republican politician, Candidate for Supervisor of Ann Arbor Township, Michigan, 1923
  • William DeForest, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1825
  • William C. Deforest, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 5th District, 1838
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Deforest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deforest 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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