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What does Forester mean?

Forester Pronunciation of Forester [forester] as a name for boys is an Old French name, and the name Forester means "forest". Forester is a variant form of Forest (Old French): transferred use of the surname.

Associated with: forest (tree).


Forester has 1 variant: Forster.

3 more alternative forms via Forest: Forrest, Forrester and Foster.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Forester Kannon (F.K.), ..

How popular is Forester?

Forester is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#6608 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Forrest (#659 in 2015), Foster (#1030) and Forest (#1326) are the prominent alternative forms of Forester (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Forester were at the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.13%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.04%, down 72%), with versions like Foster falling out of fashion. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Forest, Forrest, Foster in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Forester and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alaister, Alaster, Alester, Alister, Allaster, Allyster, Alyster, Aoresty (see Orestes), Braser, Brewer, Brewster, Carter, Caster, Chester, Christer, Coster, Dempster, Dexter, Dieter, Farmer, Farrer, Farrier, Fayette, Felten, Ferrer, Ferrier, Feste, Fester, Festus, Fielder, Florentin, Florentz (see Florent), Folker, Fonsie, Forde, Forden, Forteney (see Fortney), Fortney, Fortny (see Fortney), Fowler, Fraser, Frasier, Frazer, Frazier, Fredek (see Frederick), Free, Freed, Freen, Freyne, Frost, Fursey, Greer, Greger, Guenter, Jesper, Kester, Krister, Lankester (see Lancaster), Leicester, Lester, Lorimer, Minster, Mortimer, Nester, Oreste, Orestes, Peter, Porter, Potter, Rochester, Rossiter, Torsten, Trever, Vester and Wister. These names tend to be more frequently used than Forester.

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