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Gender: M Meaning of Foster: "forester" Origin of Foster: English occupational name

Foster is one commonly heard last name that makes a fine first. More unusual than Forrester or Gardener yet eminently first-name-ready, the only problem with Foster might be its association with "foster child."

There are numerous notable last-named Fosters, including composer Stephen, actresses Jodie and Sutton, architect Norman, and comic strip artist Hal, creator of "Prince Valiant."

Famous People Named Foster

Foster Brooks, American actor/comedian
Hunter and Sutton Foster, American actor siblings
Jodie Foster, American actress
Harry Foster Chapin, American singer/songwriter
Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Ben Foster, American actor
Foster Hewitt, American sports commentator
Stephen Collins Foster, "the father of American music," American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music
Parker Foster Aiken, son of pop star and politician Clay Aiken

Pop Culture References for the name Foster

"The Fosters," TV series
"Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends," animated series
"Ellen Foster," novel by Kaye Gibbons and movie
Foster, dog on soap "General Hospital"
Court Foster, character in the 1991 movie "The Man in the Moon"
Rita Foster, character in 2002 movie "Cypher"
Robert Foster, main character in the adventure game "Beneath a Steel Sky"
Michael Foster, character in 2013 movie "The Call"
Foster the People, American alternative band
Foster's, Australian lager beer