First name origin & meaning:
Old French: Forest keeper
First name variations: Forster
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: reduced form of Forster.
- English: nickname
from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English
fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or
- Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or
more like-sounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster.
- This name was brought to North America by many different bearers
from the 17th century onward. Thomas Foster (1640–79) is buried in
the old burial ground in Cambridge, MA. John Foster, born 1648 in
Dorchester, MA, was the earliest wood engraver in America.
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