Of English origin.

It was used as a surname, mostly describing a person who lived near a forest.

The English word “forest” derives from the Latin words “foris”, meaning “outside” or “forestis”, meaning “forest preserve” or “game preserve”.

Alternative form of the name: Forrest.

Famous bearers are Forest Whitaker, Forest Sun, Forest Ray Moulton.

Forest Whitaker is a critically acclaimed American actor, director and producer.

He has won numerous awards, such Academy and Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, etc.

He is known for his roles in films such as Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, Bird, The Crying Game, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Panic Room, The Last King of Scotland, Southpaw, etc.