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FOSTER - Name Meaning & Origin


FOSTER Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) The Foster surname was often used by one who served as a foster parent, or who was a foster child.

2) A forester.

3) Shearer or scissors maker, from the Old French "forceter."

Foster is the 87th most popular surname in the United States.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname FOSTER:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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FOSTER Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - FOSTER Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Foster surname and its variations.

FOSTER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Foster surname.

Cousin Connect - FOSTER Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - FOSTER Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Foster.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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