Meaning and name origin
Foster \f(o)-ster, fos-ter\ as a boy's name is pronounced FAW-ster. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Foster is "foster parent; forester; shearer; saddle-tree maker". Transferred use of the surname, an occupational name from "foster", "forester", "forseter", or "fuyster". Also variant of Forest.
Foster is a somewhat popular first name for males (#923 out of 1220, Top 76%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#93 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Foster for boys. Foster reached its highest rank of #302 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Foster and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Foster (#993) and Forest. (2014 statistics).