Bavaria. The name Forstern 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 Forstern family
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 Forstern family
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Early Notables of the Forstern family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forstern family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Forsterns to arrive in North America, and among them were: 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.
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