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The Forester 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, Forester would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain.

Forester Early Origins



The surname Forester was first found in Northumberland, but 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. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: Petrus Forestarius, Jordan le Forester; and Nicholas le Forester. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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. As a trade name, the family were traditional "officers made by letters patent under the great seal, and sworn to preserve vert and venison in the forest; and to attend upon the wild beasts within his bailiwick; to attach offenders there either in Vert or Venison, and to preserve the same at the courts of the Forest." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Forester Spelling Variations


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Forester Spelling Variations



Although the name, Forester, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.

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Forester Early History


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Forester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forester research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1471, 1538, 1623, 1652, 1655, 1718, 1679, 1690, 1758, 1767, 1828 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Forester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forester Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Forrest (1471-1538), English friar and martyr; Francis Forester (b. 1623) was High Sheriff of Shropshire in 1652; Sir William Forester (1655-1718), of Dothill in Wellington, Shropshire, Member of Parliament for the borough constituency of Wenlock (1679 to his death)...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forester In Ireland


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Forester In Ireland



Some of the Forester 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Forester family name Forester, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Forester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Toby Forester, who landed in Virginia in 1655

Forester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Forester, who arrived in Virginia in 1746
  • William Forester, who arrived in Virginia in 1783

Forester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Forester, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • August Forester, who arrived in America in 1873
  • Adam Forester, aged 29, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1893

Forester Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Forester, aged 25, who landed in America from Oldham, in 1903
  • Alice Forester, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Brighton, England, in 1907
  • Arthur Forester, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Brighton, England, in 1907
  • Arthur W. Forester, aged 0, who landed in America from Brighton, England, in 1907
  • Henry Forester, aged 43, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forester Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Mary Forester U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]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

Forester Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Dorothy Graham Forester, aged 24, who settled in Victoria, Canada, in 1914
  • James A. Forester, aged 48, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1922

Forester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christian Wilhelm Forester arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"
  • Andrew Forester, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forester (post 1700)



  • George William "Bill" Forester (1932-2007), American NFL football linebacker who played for the Green bay Packers (1953-1963)
  • Nicole Forester (b. 1972), Emmy Award-nominated American actress
  • John F. Forester, American planning theorist
  • John B. Forester (d. 1845), American politician from Tennessee
  • John Forester (b. 1929), American cycling activist
  • George Forester (1735-1811), English politician, Member of Parliament for Wenlock (1758-1761), (1768-1780) and (1780-1784)
  • Brooke Forester (1717-1774), English politician, Member of Parliament for Wenlock (1739-1768)
  • Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester (1899-1966), English novelist, the creator of the "Horatio Hornblower" series
  • Victoria Forester (b. 1974), Canadian author and screenwriter, best known for her best-selling novel, The Girl Who Could Fly
  • Karl Spillman Forester (b. 1940), United States federal judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (1988-)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Forester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forester 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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