laforêst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname laforêst 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 laforêst family

The surname laforêst 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 laforêst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laforêst 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 laforêst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

laforêst 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 laforêst 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 laforêst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States laforêst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laforêst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Gabriel LaForest, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [1]
  • Antoine LaForest, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]

Canada laforêst migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

laforêst Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean LaForest, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jabal LaForest, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jacques LaForest, who arrived in Montreal in 1658
  • Pierre Laforest, son of Pierre and Marguerite, who married Charlotte Gaudin, daughter of Élie and Esther, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 27th July 1679 [2]
laforêst Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Laforest, son of Pierre and Charlotte, who married Marie-Françoise Rancour, daugther of Joseph and Marie, in Quebec on 22nd October 1709 [2]
  • Thomas Laforest, son of Pierre and Charlotte, who married Rosalie Duchesne, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Bertheir, Quebec on 8th August 1712 [2]
  • Pierre Laforest, son of François and Jeanne, who married Marie-Françoise Davaut, daughter of Charles and Marguerite, in Quebec on 7th April 1720 [2]
  • Joseph Laforest, son of Jean and Marie-Françoise, who married Marie-Barbe Bouchard, daughter of François and Marguerite, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 5th June 1732 [2]
  • Jean-Baptiste Laforest, son of Jean and Marie-Françoise, who married Marguerite Bonneau, daughter of Jacques and Louise, in Les Éboulements, Quebec on 24th January 1742 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name laforêst (post 1700) +

  • George LaForest, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948 [3]
  • Charles Laforest Goslin (1932-2007), American graphic designer and professor


The laforêst 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


  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. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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