Forester Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Forester Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Forester blazon are the fer de moline and cross pattee. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The mill-rind, also known by a rather surprising number of names (fer-de-moline, inkmoline, mill-ink amongst others) is a distinctive symbol, but hard to place by modern viewers. It is a square or diamond shape with arms extending above and below and in fact represents the piece of iron that connects a circular timber axle to a mill-stone, used for grinding corn. 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fer-de-moline These would obviously have been more familiar to those of the middle ages than they are today.

No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47. Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross, typically involving patterning along the edges 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67, or fanciful, decorative endings to the arms of the cross 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P128. The cross pattee is typical of these, pattee meaning “spreading”, and so the ends of the arms of the cross curve gently outwards to rather pleasing effect. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cross Pattée

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Forester Name

Although the name, Forester, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname shown with the spellings Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and much more. More common variations are: Forrester, Foriester, Foresster, Forestero, Forresteir, Forestere, Forestery, Forestter, Foreaster.

The surname Forester first found in Northumberland, but early records include John Forester, noted in the Pipe Rolls of Surrey of 1183, and Richard le Forester listed in the Feet of Pines of Essex in 1240.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 contain as Petrus Forestarius, Jordan le Forester; and Nicholas le Forester.

Some of the people with the name Foresterwho arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Toby Forester, who landed in Virginia in 1655. People with the surname Forester who landed in the United States in the 18th century included John Forester, who arrived in Virginia in 1746.  William Forester, who arrived in Virginia in 1783. Some of the people with the surname Forester who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Hugh Forester, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County. Pennsylvania in 1840.  August Forester, who arrived in America in 1873.  Adam Forester, aged 29, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1893. People with the surname Forester who landed in the Canada in the 18th century included Ms Mary Forester U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784. Some of the people with the surname Forester who arrived in the Canada in the 20th century included Dorothy Graham Forester, aged 24, who settled in Victoria, Canada, in 1914.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: None. Blazon: Azure a fer de moline between four crosses pattee or.

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
4. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fer-de-moline
7. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47
8. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P128
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cross Pattée