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Actor Forest Whitaker is a famous bearer.
-- Elphi  12/23/2005
This name is remembered in the block-buster hit Forest Gump which won six oscars including Best Actor, which was Tom Hanks in his role as Forest.
-- rosco kid  4/13/2006
@rosco kid: The movie character's name is actually spelled "Forrest" with two Rs.

@erb816: Personally I don't understand how this would work for a girl. It's been a traditional boy's name for centuries. This whole fad of applying a boy's name to a girl to make them seem trendy or hip has worn out its welcome as far as I'm concerned.

I'm not trying to sound rude or anything. It just bothers me that people take masculine names for their baby girls when there are tons of beautiful, traditional, *feminine* names out there. There are plenty of wonderful F names for girls! Flora, Fiona, Felicia, Faith... why pass those up for Forest?

Also, the comparison to names like Sun, Earth, and Moon doesn't hold up. Those aren't *actual* names like Forest. Forest was originally used to denote someone who lived near the woods, so it has a legitimate history. Sun, Moon, and Earth don't have that; they're just fabricated hippie names. Plus they are celestial bodies, not specific locations. Naming your child Forest is more along the lines of naming them Heath or Reed.

Regardless, I think Forest is an awesome name.
-- jbr1234  4/15/2012
I have a friend named Forest, and he hates it when we call him "Gump."
-- Tudor  6/14/2006
I love this name for both genders, I know a boy who's in his 20's named Forest.
-- tigerlilly  2/27/2007
A little strange because it's a 'word' name, but I like it.
-- -Julia-  8/1/2009
It's a really weird but cute name. This name makes me think of a forest lumberjack.
-- tafflemark  1/27/2011
I don't know why Forest is listed as solely masculine and not unisex, because just about all English "nature names" (other than the flowers) can be used for either gender. This is because in the English language (at least, in Modern English, and perhaps Middle--not sure about Old English), nouns do not have genders. "Sun," for example, is neither feminine nor masculine. Same with "Earth" and "Moon." (Although their Latin names, Terra and Luna, are feminine.) And same with "Forest." That said, I think Forest is a great unisex name.

(Forrest, of course, is completely masculine--I'm only talking about this spelling.)
-- erb816  2/12/2011
Forest Gibson is an "internet scientist" who hosts videos for the Know Your Meme website.
-- jbr1234  4/15/2012

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