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The ancestral home of the Forstner family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Forstner 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.

Forstner Early Origins



The surname Forstner 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.

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Forstner Spelling Variations


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Forstner Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Forstner include Forster, Foerster, Forstern, Forstner and others.

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Forstner Early History


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Forstner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forstner 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 Forstner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forstner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forstner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Forstner 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 Forstner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Forstner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gottfried Forstner, who setted in Philadelphia in 1850
  • William Maurits Forstner, who arrived in Colorado in 1885 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Eva Forstner, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1894

Forstner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Franzisca Forstner, aged 25, who settled in America from Grosskolubach, Germany, in 1907
  • Anna Forstner, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Grosskolubach, Germany, in 1907
  • Ludwig Forstner, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Christian Forstner, aged 22, who settled in America from Gaildorf, Germany, in 1910
  • Hans Forstner, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Rendenstadt, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forstner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forstner (post 1700)



  • Benjamin Forstner (1834-1897), American gunsmith, inventor and dry-goods merchant, eponym of the Forstner bit
  • Siegfried von Forstner (1910-1943), German U-boat commander during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Thomas Forstner (b. 1969), Austrian singer

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Citations


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  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)

Other References

  1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Forstner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forstner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 31 October 2012 at 11:36.

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