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Forest meaning and name origin
Forest \f(o)-re-st\ as a boy's name is pronounced FOR-est. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Forest is "woodsman; woods". Occupational name and place name. Saint John Forest (16th century) was one of the numerous English priests who were martyred during the conflicts between King Henry VIII and the Pope. The character Forrest in Winston Groom's novel and the popular film "Forrest Gump" is named for hard-charging Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest (and early member of the Ku Klux Klan). Novelist E.M. Forster; actor/director Forrest Whittaker.
Forest has 5 variant forms: Forester, Forrest, Forrester, Forster and Foster.
A baby name that sounds like Forest is Frost.
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Popularity of Forest
Forest is a somewhat popular first name for men (#817 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#4727 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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