Meaning and name origin
Forrest \f(o)-rre-st\ as a boy's name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Forrest is "forest". Forrest is a variant of Forest (Old French): transferred use of the surname, originally a local name for someone who lived in the woods.
Forrest is a very popular first name for males (#401 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1184 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Forrest for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Forrest and its source form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Forrest (#719) and Forest. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Forrester. This name tends to be less commonly used than Forrest.