What does Forrest mean?
Forrest /for-rest/ [2 sylls.] 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. Foster (#993 in 2014) and Forest are the popular related forms of Forrest (#719 in 2014). These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.747%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.096%, ▼87.1%), with the forms Forest, Foster and Forrest becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)