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.