What does Forrest mean?
Forrest /for-rest/ as a boys' name. Forrest's name origin is Old French, and Forrest means "forest". Forrest is a variant form of Forest (Old French): transferred use of the surname. Foerst is a common surname.
How popular is Forrest?
Forrest is a very prominent first name for men (#401 out of 1220, Top 33%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1474 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Forrest for boys. Forrest reached its top rank of #178 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is presently at #719. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Forrest and associated names. Forest is the only other popular related form of Forrest (#719 in 2014). These relations of Forrest were favored as baby names during the years 1890-1899 (average #228) and are now much less popular (#859, ▼82%), with the forms Forest and Forrest becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Suggested similar baby names are Earnest, Ernest, Everest, Fares, Farrant, Farrel, Farrell, Farren, Farrer, Farris, Farrish, Ferrant, Ferrel, Ferrell, Ferrer, Ferris, Ferriss, Florent, Forbes, Forde, Forden, Forteny, Frost and Horst. These names tend to be less frequently used than Forrest.