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Gender: M Meaning of Forrest: "dweller near the woods" Origin of Forrest: English Forrest's Popularity in 2013: #841

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Forrest is one of the earliest appealingly sylvan, outdoorsy choices, borne by newsman Sawyer, actor Whitaker, and football Hall of Famer Gregg. Forrest Gates was a character on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Forrest was steadily on the US popularity list until 2003, reaching a high of Number 175 in 1913, and then receiving a somewhat surprising blip after the release of "Forrest Gump." It enjoyed another peak in 2013, when it reentered the Top 1000 as one of the fastest-rising names on the list.

Early Forrests were named in honor of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, head of a famous cavalry force, who advised 'Git there fuster with the mostest men.'

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Famous People Named Forrest

Forrest Griffin - American mixed martial artist
Forrest Bird - American aviator and inventor
Forrest Tucker - American actor
Forrest Smithson - American hurdler; Olympic gold medalist

Pop Culture References for the Name Forrest

Forrest Gump - from the movie Forrest Gump (1994)

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