What does the name Foster mean?
The Foster surname is predominantly English, where it has been recorded in use from the 1100s onwards. Foster derives as an occupational surname from a number of sources. Firstly it comes from a 'forester', the name for a forest warden or gamekeeper. Secondly the surname Foster is believed to derive from the Old English 'Forseter' (shearer), given to those who shear sheep and their descendants. Most rarely Foster has been hypothesised to relate to a 'fosterer', someone who feeds and looks after children in place of their parents.
The earliest occurrence of the Foster surname in our family history documents is from 1406, and we currently have 2,384,892 records where Foster appears.
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Typical jobs for Fosters
Hard-working people, the Fosters. 2259 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Fosters lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Foster in Yorkshire.
Fosters’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Fosters were angels, apparently. We found 1605 in criminal records.
Fosters in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3418 Fosters served in the First World War.