Last name: FOSTER

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FOSTER : This last name is indexed 942,904 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

FOSTER : 1: English: variant of Forster ‘worker in a forest’.2: English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’). But other explanations are equally or more likely.3: English: from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors’; see Forster 2.4: English: variant of Fewster from Anglo-Norman French Middle English fu(y)ster ‘maker of saddletrees’ (compare Foister).5: Probably an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames such as Forster.

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