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What does Foster mean?

Foster /fos-ter/ 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 3 alternative forms via Forest: Forester, Forrester and Forster.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Forter, Fosfer, ..

(female) Fosfer, Fosterra, ..

How 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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Foster name in U.S.

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

Forest (#1335 the previous year) is the only other popular alternative form of Foster (#993 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Forester, are uncommon. These forms of Foster were at the apex of their popularity in the 1890s (usage of 0.1%) and are now much less popular, with versions like Foster falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Foster, Forest in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Foster is alike in pronunciation to Fester. Other recommended names are Alaster, Alester, Alister, Alter, Baxter, Bonner, Buster, Caster, Chester, Colter, Cooper, Coster, Dexter, Factor, Fajer, Farmer, Farrer, Felten, Feste, Filmer, Fischer, Fisher, Folke, Folker, Fonsie, Forbes, Forden, Fortney, Fowke, Fowler, Foxe, Foxen, Fraser, Frazer, Frost, Fryer, Fuller, Fylmer (see Filmore), Gasper, Gower, Gunter, Hooker, Hopper, Jesper, Joiner, Joyner, Kasper, Kester, Konner, Krister, Lester, Loeber, Loller, Louther, Naseer, Naser, Nester, Pieter, Porter, Potter, Procter, Ritter, Rodger, Roger, Rover, Sommer, Topher, Torger, Tower, Valter, Vester, Volker, Wister and Yaseer. These names tend to be less frequently used than Foster.