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Whether you spell it with one “R” or two, Forest is a great baby name for boys. It's got nature appeal, pop culture appeal, and it's something of a grandpa name, which is on-trend right now. Forest was super popular during the early 20th century, and it's made a comeback in recent years. It pairs well with both traditional and unique middle names.

Meaning of the name Forest:

French: Woods

Origin of the name Forest:

Forest is a word name with French origins. It literally means forest or woods, and it was a popular surname before it became a given name. It was most likely assigned to people who lived in the woods.

Symbolism of the name Forest:

Forest is a word name closely associated with nature. Many new people may find symbolism here. In many cultures and in literature, the forest represents exploration, mystery, and sometimes, even danger.

Baby name Forest

Style of the name Forest:

Traditional, nature name

Gender of the name Forest:

Forest is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Forest:

FORE-est

Number of syllables in the name Forest:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Forest:

The baby name Forest evokes images of someone who is diplomatic and kind.

Alternative spellings for the name Forest:

  • Forrest

Nicknames for the name Forest:

N/A

Popularity of the name Forest:

According to the Social Security Administration, Forest has been on and off the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States since at least 1900. It was most popular during the 1910s and 1920s. As of 2020, it ranked at number 811.

Related names for the name Forest:

Great middle names for Forest and their meanings:

Forests people with the name Forest:

  • Forest Evashevski (football player and coach)
  • Forest Fletcher (track and field star and Olympian)
  • Forest Montgomery (tennis player)
  • Forest Ray Moulton (astronomer)
  • Forest Whitaker (actor)

Forests in popular culture:

  • Forest Speyer (character in the “Resident Evil” media franchise)