Gender: Male Meaning of Forrest: "dweller near the woods" Origin of Forrest: English Forrest's Popularity in 2018: #571

Forrest Origin and Meaning

The name Forrest is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dweller near the woods".

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 received a somewhat surprising blip after the release of "Forrest Gump." It started rebounding again 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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Rank in US: #571

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KaiLun Says:


Life is like a box of chocolates!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I know this comment is 10 months old. I'm a little late to the party but, bear with me.

As far as I'm aware, Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a founder, merely an early member. But even if he was a founder, no one would make that connection automatically unless they had been researching the KKK - which most people aren't inclined to do. Not only that but, Forrest is a surname and a first name, used by hundreds of thousands of people. I fail to see why one nasty connection (that, again, most people are not aware of) should stop anyone from using such a lovely name. But, if I'm being silly and it is a good reason to avoid it, then I guess we need to avoid Nathan as well, alongside John, Frank, Richard and James - all the original founders.

I don't meant to sound aggressive, or condescending, or argumentitive - if I have come across as such. I just think that there's no real reason to avoid a beautiful name like Forrest, especially since it has grown in popularity over the last few years. But that's just my opinion!

Wittyusername103 Says:


Really? Well that blows.

Nozomi Says:


This is the perfect name for my story :) Forrest Woods....

Zelliew Says:


A good reason to avoid it

Bobcat108 Says:


Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan.

kiwipop Says:


The extra r seems redundant.

kendallrhea1 Says:


I like this name a lot but I feel like a kid with this name would get teased...