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Gender: Male Meaning of Forest: "woodsman or woods" Origin of Forest: French occupational name

The name Forest is a boy's name of French origin meaning "woodsman or woods". Forest and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

The Forest variation of Forrest, used by actor Whitaker, nudges the meaning more toward the woods and away from the woodsman.

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Famous People Named Forest

Forest Steven Whitaker, American actor
Forest Dewey Dodrill, first physician to perform open-heart surgery
Forest Ray Moulton, American astronomer
Denis Forest, Canadian actor
Forest Baffert, son of horse racing trainer Bob Baffert
Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella (b. 2016), son of model Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella

Pop Culture References for the name Forest

Forest Speyer, minor character in the Resident Evil series