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Gender: Male Meaning of Foster: "forester" Origin of Foster: English occupational name Foster's Popularity in 2017: #934

The name Foster is a boy's name of English origin meaning "forester". Foster is ranked #934 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Musician Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop one with middles ... BOYS :)".

From the experts:

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."

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Famous People Named Foster

Foster Brooks, American actor/comedian
Foster William Hewitt, Canadian sportscaster
Foster Lonnie Campbell, Jr., American politician
Harry Foster Chapin, American singer/songwriter
Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Parker Foster Aiken, son of singer and politician Clay Aiken
Stephen Collins Foster, "the father of American music," American songwriter
Ben Foster, American actor
Hunter and Sutton Foster, American actor siblings
Jodie Foster, American actress.

Pop Culture References for the name Foster

"The Fosters," TV series
Foster Lambert, character in horror movie "Insidious"
"Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends," animated series
"Ellen Foster," novel by Kaye Gibbons and movie
Foster the People, American alternative band
Foster's, Australian lager beer
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"
Sophie Elizabeth Foster, character in "Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger
Foster Blake, character in Elizabeth Enright's children's novel "Gone-Away Lake"


indiefendi2 Says:


without the foster child association I think this is a nice name.

Foster Smith Beal Says:


thats actually my first name, i got it from my great grandfathers middle name, although the only difference was actually mine is defined as a kind loving person that has a great life ahead of them and believes in success through helping others in life

Temerity Says:


I love the name Foster, it sounds really warm and affirming.

samwright519 Says:


Makes me think of foster kid