The name is derived from the work of maintaining
and controlling wooded preserves. Those persons performing the work were somewhat similar
to a combination of our modern forest service ranger and game warden.
There are several theories advanced as to when and where the name was first used as a
surname. Although none have been substantiated, it is known that the name, with many
variations, appears with some frequency by the late 12th Century. By the 1300's and
1400's, large families were in the areas around Stirling and Edinburgh and in the region
of Fife. As the next few centuries passed, bearers of the name were found throughout the
Lowlands, southwest into Kintyre and across the Mull of Kintyre into Antrim (Northern
Ireland). Families bearing variations of the surname were found in England, particularly
noteworthy was the family associated with Bambourgh Castle a few miles south of
The earliest documents reflect various spellings of the name. It is not unusual to find
the same person referred to by two or more of the various, derivative spellings. Many
variations in spelling are found in the early records of the United States. Participation
is encouraged by descendants of the various derivatives shown above. As well as any
others, which may come to light.
long connection between the Forrester's and the Corstorphine estate, and the high
probability that a Forrester adopted and perpetuated the surname Corstorphine/Carstarphen,
have made it appropriate that these names be added to the role of Clan Forrester.