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The Forster 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, Forster would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain. Alternately, some instances of this surname are thought to derive from the Old French (Norman) word "forcetier," which was originally an occupational name for a maker or user of scissors or clipping shears.

Forster Early Origins



The surname Forster was first found in Northumberland where early records include John Forester, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Surrey of 1183, Warin le Forstere in London in 1199, and Richard le Forester listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1240. There was a line of Forsters who held Bamborough Castle, Northumberland, beginning with Sir John Forster, said to have fought with King Richard I in the Crusades of the 12th century; Governing the castle until the mid 18th century. 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. Adderstone in Northumberland was another ancient family seat. "The manor [of Adderstone] was possessed by the ancient family of Forster, from whom it came, in 1763, to John William Bacon, Esq." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch of the family ewas found at Beadnell, again in Northumberland. "Here is a small castle, which formerly belonged to the family of Forster; and close to the sea are remains of a chapel, supposed to have been a cell to Coldingham monastery." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Forster Spelling Variations


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Forster Spelling Variations



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

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Forster Early History


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Forster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forster research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1275, 1379, 1515, 1602, 1663, 1619, 1620, 1649, 1711, 1677, 1704, 1574, 1572, 1575, 1569, 1635, 1633, 1635, 1511, 1558, 1555, 1558, 1698, 1668, 1720, 1701, 1714, 1703, 1715, 1709, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Forster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forster Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Forster (c.1515-1602), English administrator and soldier; Sir William Forster; and his son, Sir Humfrey Forester, 1st Baronet (died 1663) of Aldermaston, Berkshire, Sheriff of Berkshire (1619-1620); and his son, Sir Humphrey Forster, 2nd Baronet (c 1649-1711), an English politician...

Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forster In Ireland


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Forster In Ireland



Some of the Forster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 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



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 Forster family name Forster, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Forster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Josias Forster, aged 43, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Jane Forster, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • Richard Forster, who landed in Maryland in 1653
  • Richard, Forster Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • Ann Forster, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Forster, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Johan Mike] Forster, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Georg Forster, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Hans Michael Forster, who came to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Johan Jac Forster, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forster, who landed in America in 1806
  • Elnr Forster, who landed in America in 1806
  • Francis Forster, who landed in Maryland in 1807
  • Frederick Forster, who arrived in Mississippi in 1839
  • Andra Forster, who landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha Forster, who arrived in Colorado in 1903

Forster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Forster, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Forster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Forster, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • John Forster, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Anthony Forster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Forster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848
  • Charles E. Forster arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Rumsey Forster, aged 22, a bookseller, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • John Forster arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Lucy Forster, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Richard Forster, aged 18, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Holman Forster arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forster (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forster (post 1700)



  • William Forster (1784-1854), English-born, American preacher, Quaker elder and a fervent abolitionist, an early member of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in 1839
  • Brigadier-General George Jacob Forster (1891-1979), American Assistant Commanding General 66th Division (1944-1945)
  • Robert Forster (b. 1941), American actor nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for Jackie Brown
  • George J. Forster (1905-1988), American politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1950-55
  • George H. Forster, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 11th District, 1880-81; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1888
  • George Forster, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rockville, Connecticut, 1904-11, 1929; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Vernon; Elected 1908
  • Dianna Forster, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979
  • Charles M. Forster, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 13th Circuit, 1975-85
  • Burton T. Forster, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968
  • Albert Forster, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Berlin, 1926
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Forster Historic Events


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Forster Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frederick G Forster (b. 1919), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Forster, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Arnold Forster (1925-1943), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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