Forster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the surname Forster were thought to have been a Boernician family in ancient Scotland. They 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, Forster would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain.

Early Origins of the Forster family

The surname Forster was first found in 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.

Important Dates for the Forster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forster research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1390, 1527, 1520, 1602, 1654, 1633, 1698, 1668, 1720, 1701, 1714, 1703, 1715, 1709, 1709, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Forster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forster Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Forster has been spelled Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.

Early Notables of the Forster family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Forster family to Ireland

Some of the Forster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Forster migration to the United States

The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Forster or a variant listed above:

Forster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Josias Forster, aged 43, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [1]
  • Jane Forster, who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [1]
  • Richard Forster, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [1]
  • Richard, Forster Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [1]
  • Ann Forster, who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Johan Mike] Forster, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johan Georg Forster, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Hans Michael Forster, who settled in Philadelphia in 1727
  • Johan Jac Forster, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Elnr Forster, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Francis Forster, who landed in Maryland in 1807 [1]
  • Frederick Forster, who arrived in Mississippi in 1839 [1]
  • Andra Forster, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

Forster migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Forster, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
Forster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Wilhelmine Forster, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Canton" departing 20th June 1847 from Bremen, Germany; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but she died on board [2]

Forster migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Forster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Forster migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Forster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Rumsey Forster, aged 22, a bookseller, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • John Forster, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Lucy Forster, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Richard Forster, aged 18, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Holman Forster, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Forster (post 1700)

  • Robert Forster (1941-2019), American actor nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for Jackie Brown
  • 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) [8]
  • John Forster (b. 1948), American folk musician
  • George J. Forster (1905-1988), American politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1950-55 [9]
  • 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 [9]
  • George Forster, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rockville, Connecticut, 1904-11, 1929; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Vernon; Elected 1908 [9]
  • Dianna Forster, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979 [9]
  • Charles M. Forster, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 13th Circuit, 1975-85 [9]
  • Burton T. Forster, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968 [9]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Forster family

Bismarck
  • Georg Forster (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [10]
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 and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Forster, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Stanley Arnold Forster (1925-1943), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943 [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 76)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL GEORGE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalGeorge.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) George Forster. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Forster/George_Jacob/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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