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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Forrestal, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Forrestal family originally lived near a paddock, which is a small grassy enclosed area in which horses can graze and exercise. The surname Forrestal is derived from a dialectical word which means paddock. The surname Forrestal belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Forrestal Early Origins



The surname Forrestal was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Forstall, and were granted the lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Forrestal Spelling Variations


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Forrestal Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations. The many versions of the name Forrestal to have been recorded over the years include: Forristal, Forristall, Forrestal, Forrestall, Forrestell, Forestal, Forestel, Forestall, Forestell, Forstal, Forstall, Furstal and many more.

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Forrestal Early History


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Forrestal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forrestal research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1359, and 1682 are included under the topic Early Forrestal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forrestal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forrestal Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forrestal 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



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Forrestal:

Forrestal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Forrestal, who landed in New York in 1842

Forrestal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edmond Forrestal, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from County Waterford, Ireland in 1904
  • Edward Forrestal, aged 20, who landed in America from County Waterford, in 1904
  • Kate Forrestal, aged 21, who landed in America from Newport, in 1906
  • Patrick Forrestal, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Enniscorthy, Ireland, in 1907
  • William Forrestal, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Enniscorthy, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forrestal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elener Forrestal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Thomas Forrestal was a planter in Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Forrestal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Forrestal, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Deborah Forrestal, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forrestal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forrestal (post 1700)



  • Michael Vincent Forrestal (1927-1989), American aide to McGeorge Bundy, the National Security Advisor of President John F. Kennedy
  • James Forrestal (1892-1949), the 1st United States Secretary of Defense, eponym of the USS Forrestal and the James V. Forrestal Building
  • James Vincent Forrestal (1892-1949), American Democrat politician, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1944-47; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944; U.S. Secretary of Defense, 1947-49
  • Frank Forrestal, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1980
  • Francis V. Forrestal, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Terence Julian Forrestal (1948-2000), English actor, stuntman and BASE jumper

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Motto


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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: In corda inimicorum regis
Motto Translation: In the King's enemies


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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The Forrestal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forrestal 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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