Meaning and Origin of: Forster

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old French : Out of the woods
  • Old French : Forest keeper

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : occupational and topographic name for someone who lived or worked in a forest (see Forrest).
  • English : Norman French nickname or occupational name from Old French forcetier ‘cutter’, an agent noun from forcettes ‘scissors’.
  • English : occupational name, by metathesis, from Old French fust(r)ier ‘blockmaker’ (a derivative of fustre ‘block of wood’).
  • German (Förster) : occupational and topographic name for someone who lived and worked in a forest (see Forst).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Forst ‘forest’.