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Forst Family History

Forst Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest or an occupational name for someone who worked in one, from Middle High German forst ‘forest’. Czech (Foršt): from German (see 1).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Vorst, Fort, Foret, Borst, Dorst, Forrest, Furst, Most, Forcht, Horst

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Where is the Forst family from?

You can see how Forst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forst families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Forst families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Forst's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Forst families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forst surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Forst. 16% of Forst men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Forst women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forst were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Forst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forst census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Forst. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Forst. For the veterans among your Forst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forst lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Forst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Forst in 1952 was 67, and 82 in 2004.

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