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 Family Origin

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Foster Family Occupations

What did your Foster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Foster. 16% of Foster men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Foster women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Foster were Truck Driver and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Foster Historical Records

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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 the USA, 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.

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