Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Forest, Foret, Forist, Forrist, Forst
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mrs Joanne Kenyon
My connection with FORREST
My paternal grandmother was a FORREST, born 1919 in Burnley, Lancashire, England. Most of her ancestors came from Lancashire, mainly the Clitheroe area.
So far I have traced back to 1827 where my 3rd Great Grandfather, Henry Forrest, was born and died in 1902. He was one of 6 children of Edmund Forrest and Margaret. Edmund was born in 1795 but I have yet to establish where he was born so at the moment he is just marked in pencil on my tree until I can prove he was the father of Henry and his siblings. There were many FORREST's in the Clitheroe/Waddington/Blackburn areas during the 1800-1900's.
I was born in Burnley, Lancashire and most of my immediate family still live in the area. I am now based in Staffordshire, England but travel frequently to Lancashire.
I am fascinated in the occupations of some of my ancestors and will be able to list on this website once I have a format established.
If you have any information on any FORREST ancestor, like if you know what they were doing for work on a particular census, marriage or death certificate, please include this in the detail, along with basic information, and email me at the links below.
I hope to be able to build up a story and a picture of how people lived long ago by listing more than just birth, death and marriage information, where possible.
As this study is registered with the Guild of One-Name-Studies, all research will be preserved and passed along to future generations.
Variations of spellings I am including as part of my study with the Guild of One-Name-Studies are (limited to five):
FORREST = FOREST / FORIST / FORRIST / FORET / FORST
Although, there are plenty of other variations to consider including, but not limited to:
Forrest, Forest, Forrist, Forist, Forrester, Forester, Forreste, Foreste, Forrister, Forister,
Norris, Forbes, Gorrell, Fornes, Fries, Ferrett (according to Ancestry.co.uk)
Initially for this study, I will concentrate on the five above, will will save any information on the other variants also.
Forest Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. Middle English forest was not, as today, a near-synonym of wood, but referred specifically to a large area of woodland reserved by law for the purposes of hunting by the king and his nobles. The same applied to the European cognates, both Germanic and Romance. The English word is from Old French forest, Late Latin forestis (silva). This is generally taken to be a derivative of foris 'outside'# the reference was probably to woods lying outside a habitation. On the other hand, Middle High German for(e)st has been held to be a derivative of Old High German foraha 'fir' (see Forster), with the addition of a collective suffix.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press & ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=forrest
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