The name laforestier has been included within French history since the early portion of the Middle Ages. This
name is derived from keeper of the king's forest. The surname laforestier was originally derived from the Old French word "foret," which means "forest."
since ancient times.
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French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name laforestier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Forestier, Forestié, Forrestier, Forestiez, Foresttiers, Forresties, Forestierre, Forrestierre, Foresties, La Forestier, La Forestié, La Forrestier, La Foresttiers, La Forestiez, La Foresties, La Forestie, La Forresties, La Forestierre, La Forrestierre, De La Forestier, De La Forestiez, De La Forestié, De La Forrestier, De La Foresties, De La Forestie, De La Foresttiers, De La Forresties, De La Forestierre, De La Forrestierre, Laforestier, Laforrestier, Laforestiez, Laforestié, Laforesties, Laforestie, Laforesttiers, Laforresties, Laforestierre and many more.
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name laforestier has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name laforestier were Mr. Forestier settled in Carolina in 1679; Charles Forestier settled in New York in 1697; François Forestier settled in Louisiana in 1756; Louis Forestier settled in Louisiana in 1752 and Theophile Forestier settled in Rhode Island in 1687..