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pinWhat does Foster mean?

Foster /fos-ter/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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 has 4 alternative forms via Forest: Forester, Forrest, Forrester and Forster.

Kreatif forms: Fosterne, Fostertu, Fyoster. [more]

pinHow popular is Foster?

Foster is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#923 out of 1220, Top 76%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#87 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Foster for boys. Foster reached its peak rank of #302 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #993. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Foster name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Foster outside U.S.

Forrest (#719 the previous year) and Forest are the popular alternative forms of Foster (#993 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Forms like Forester are uncommon. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.747%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.096%, 87.1% less), with the versions Forest, Foster and Forrest becoming less fashionable. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Foster and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Foster, Forest, Forrest in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Foster and related baby names outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

Foster is alike in pronunciation to Fester. Another recommended similar baby name is Coster. These names tend to be less frequently used than Foster.