The surname Forster is of occupational origin deriving from the Old English term Forrester meaning someone who worked in the forest. The name is first recorded in England in the 11th Century. The earliest record of the name Forster is of a family who held an ancestral seat in Northumberland. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1635 when Josias Forster arrived in Bermuda. Today there are approximately 9,000 bearers of the name Forster living in the US.
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