Foster Family History

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Foster Name Meaning

English: reduced form of Forster. English: nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fostre, a derivative of fostrian ‘to nourish or rear’). Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Forster, Oster, Easter, Hoster, Fester, Fosse, Bolter, Koster, Osmer

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Foster Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Foster name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Foster. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Foster Family Origin

Where is the Foster family from?

Foster Family Occupations

What did your Foster ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foster. The most common Foster occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Foster's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Foster family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • School

  • Going To School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Foster ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Foster Historical Records

What Foster family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Foster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 168,000 immigration records available for the last name Foster. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 274,000 military records available for the last name Foster. For the veterans among your Foster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foster Life Expectancy

What is the average Foster lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Foster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Foster in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Foster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Foster ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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