Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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