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Forest is soft, gentle, and delicate.
I like nature names like Meadow, Willow, Lake, and River, but this isn't one. It sounds different and weird, unlike the other ones I just mentioned.
I love this name. Honestly I think it could work as unisex, but that's just my opinion.
My husband and I are planning to use Forrest with the first boy's name Winston! We love it! AS a boy's name... :-} let's keep boy names for the boys and girl names for the girls if at all possible so if it slants toward boy then try to keep it that way:-}. Also... Cosmo is a flower... But I wouldn't use it for a girl. Just doesn't have a girly sound to it the way Lily definitely does! So I don't think even all flower names would be stuck to the girls only rule... [I don't like Cosmo though for a name, period lol but it's been used... for a boy.] Flowers were created for everyone to enjoy so if one sounds masculine and you like it for your boy then go for it! It's America:-} Not sure why flower names have to be used for girls only. Just like all nature sounding names aren't just for boys. Forrest is very male sounding but I would not name my boy River... that has a girly sound to it. I also just used Rayne [rain is nature!] it means counselor and went with her first name Aniya which means mercyful or God's Graciousness, so we put Aniya Rayne together for "merciful counselor". It fits our time and place in life very well, so her name means lot to us! But that's my opinion, everyone thinks and feels differently. Since those are not what you would call original names like Samuel or Rebecca I can see how they could be taken differently by different people as to whether they are a boy or a girl name. Again though, I think Forrest sounds very masculine. But again that is my opinion on how it sounds to me. I guess it is something that could be switch up? Just don't go switching up Samuel and making that a girl name haha or making Brittany your boy's name! That's a little gross. Lol in other words don't try to make very obvious male or female names that have been that way for generations different just cause you want to... Your child will grow up into a adult and will have a life... Be considerate of that. :-}
I completely utterly disagree. I love girl names on boys and boy names on girls, I love unique and strange sounding names.

Hey, its 2020 now and things have changed but no matter what year or how old I am, who cares if a boy has a girly name and if a girl has a manly name?

If the parents like their child's name then leave it be, it might have a special meaning or the child might be named after another person.
The name Forest was given to 129 boys born in the US in 2016.
The name Forest was given to 132 boys born in the US in 2015.
Forest Gibson is an "internet scientist" who hosts videos for the Know Your Meme website.
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.)
I much prefer this spelling.
Forrest: for rest. Not crazy about that
Forest is better (:
Erb86: Forest/forrest is definitely a masculine name. It's a male name! Being that it's a nature inspired name doesn't mean anything.
Would you ever name a boy Violet or Rose or Willow?
Grow a brain!
In response to the person who told me to "grow a brain," I suggest they take a class in reading comprehension. I very clearly stated that English nature names were gender-neutral OTHER THAN FLOWERS. Look over my post again, it's in there.

So no, I wouldn't name a boy "Rose, Violet, or Willow." But is there anything inherently feminine about names like Aspen, Cedar, or Sequoia (the only famous person named Sequoia, to my knowledge, being male)? There are girls named Hunter as well (though I would only use Hunter as a masculine name). So the spelling Forest can absolutely be used for both genders. River is another nature name listed as solely being masculine that can be used for both genders.
Just because it's a nature inspired name, does not make it unisex. The only non-unisex nature inspired names are flowers?! Ha...
Yes, flower names are for girls but just because there's a nature name that isn't a flower name does not make it unisex. I'm sure there are unisex nature names...
Forest\Forrest isn't one of them. It's labeled as masculine FOR A REASON. And ANOTHER user even pointed out to you also that Forest\Forrest is a masculine name...
It's a really weird but cute name. This name makes me think of a forest lumberjack.
A little strange because it's a 'word' name, but I like it.
I love this name for both genders, I know a boy who's in his 20's named Forest.
I have a friend named Forest, and he hates it when we call him "Gump."
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: 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.
Actor Forest Whitaker is a famous bearer.