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Foster Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Foster Families

  • Number of Foster families
     1,153 - 2,304
     385 - 1,152
     1 - 384
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Foster families
     4,087 - 8,172
     1,363 - 4,086
     1 - 1,362
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Foster families
     198 - 393
     67 - 197
     1 - 66
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Foster Family Origin

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Foster Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Foster

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Foster Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Foster census records

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Foster Civil War Service Records

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