William Forrest

21 July 1639–after 1669 (Age 29)
Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of William

When William Forrest was born on 21 July 1639, in Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, his father, James Forrest, was 21 and his mother, Beatrix Dougall, was 26. He married Jean Plaine in 1664, in Tranent, Haddingtonshire, Scotland. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died after 1669, in Tranent, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 31, and was buried in Tranent, Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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William Forrest
Jean Plaine
Marriage: 1664
Alison Forrest
William Forrest

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Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a royal forest, or a metonymic occupational name for a keeper or worker in one. Middle English forest was not, as today, a near-synonym of wood, but referred specifically to a large area of woodland reserved by law for the purposes of hunting by the king and his nobles. The same applied to the European cognates, both Germanic and Romance. The English word is from Old French forest, Late Latin forestis (silva). This is generally taken to be a derivative of foris ‘outside’; the reference was probably to woods lying outside a habitation. On the other hand, Middle High German for(e)st has been held to be a derivative of Old High German foraha ‘fir’ ( see Forster ), with the addition of a collective suffix.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • William Forrest in entry for William Forrest, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • William Forrest, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • William Forrest in entry for Alison Forrest, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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