"dweller near the woods"

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.'
# 402 in the US

Forrest Rank in US Top 1000

# 361 on Nameberry

Forrest Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Forrest Popularity

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Famous People Named Forrest

  • (Alvis) Forrest GreggAmerican football player and coach
  • Forrest KlineAmerican musician from indie band 'Hellogoodbye'
  • Forrest GriffinAmerican mixed martial artist
  • Forrest BirdAmerican aviator and inventor
  • Forrest Meredith TuckerAmerican actor
  • Forrest Custer SmithsonAmerican Olympic hurdler
  • Forrest LewisAmerican actor
  • Forrest James AckermanAmerican science fiction guru
  • Forrest Bradley Decker (b.2018)son of NFL player, Eric Decker and singer Jessie James
  • Forrest Hardy (b. 2019)son of Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley.

Forrest in Pop Culture

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

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