Laforest Family History

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Laforest Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one, from Old French forest, with the definite article la. Unlike modern French forêt, forest was not simply a word for extensive woodland, but referred specifically to large, partly or mainly wooded areas reserved by law for the king and his nobles to hunt in. Americanized form of French La Forêt, a modern spelling of 1, here translated into English with the article left intact. Compare Lafontaine.

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

Similar surnames: Forrest, Foret, Deforest, Laforge, Forst, Lefort, Laforce, Lafosse

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Laforest Family Origin

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Laforest Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Laforest occupation in the USA was Laborer. 13% of Laforest's were Laborers. Laborer, Planter and Bartender were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Laforest. A less common occupation for the Laforest family was Carpenter.

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  • Laborer

  • Planter

  • Bartender

  • Carpenter


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Laforest Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Laforest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laforest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 878 immigration records available for the last name Laforest. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Laforest. For the veterans among your Laforest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Laforest Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Laforest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Laforest in 1951 was 62, and 71 in 2004.

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