Last name: FORSTER

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FORSTER : This last name is indexed 349,480 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

FORSTER : 1: English: shortened form of Forrester an occupational name for someone who worked in a forest.2: English: possibly a Norman French nickname or occupational name from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors or shears cutler’. Compare Force and Forse.3: German (mainly Förster): agent derivative of Middle High German forst ‘forest’ denoting someone who lived in or near a royal forest or who worked in one (see Forst). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Foerster.4: Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Forst ‘forest’.

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