The ancestral home of the Forste family is in the German state of Bavaria
. The name Forste is an occupational
hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person whose occupation
is forestry, or a person who lives near a forest.
Early Origins of the Forste family
The surname Forste was first found in Bavaria
, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
Early History of the Forste family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forste research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1823, 1508, 1616, 1673, 1729, 1798, 1791, 1868 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Forste History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forste Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Forste include Forster, Foerster, Forstern, Forstner and others.
Early Notables of the Forste family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Forste in this period include Kaspar Förster (also Caspar Foerster) (1616-1673), a German singer and composer; Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798), a naturalist and explorer, he... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forste Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forste family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Forste or a variant listed above: Hans Michael Forster, who came to Philadelphia in 1727; as did Conrath Forster in 1744; and Jacob Forster in 1749; George Forster came to Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1772.