Origins Available: English, Scottish
Boernician Scottish-English border region. The Forrister 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, Forrister would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain.
Early Origins of the Forrister family
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.
Early History of the Forrister family
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Forrister Spelling Variations
spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Forrister has been spelled Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.
Early Notables of the Forrister family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrister family to Ireland
Some of the Forrister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Forrister family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Forrister or a variant listed above:
Forrister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Forrister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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