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Gender: Male Meaning of Forrest: "dweller near the woods" Origin of Forrest: English Forrest's Popularity in 2017: #596

The name Forrest is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dweller near the woods". Forrest is ranked #596 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Tree Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? Boys with middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Forrest

(Alvis) Forrest Gregg, American football player and coach
Forrest Kline, American musician from indie band 'Hellogoodbye'
Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist
Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor
Forrest Meredith Tucker, American actor
Forrest Custer Smithson, American Olympic hurdler
Forrest Lewis, American actor
Forrest James Ackerman, American science fiction guru
Forrest Bradley Decker (b.2018), son of NFL player, Eric Decker and singer Jessie James

Pop Culture References for the name Forrest

"Forrest Gump," novel by Winston Groom, 1994 film, and its main character
Forrest, a Woodcutter in the 3DS game "Fantasy Life"

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