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Foster/Forster Surname Project

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  • Carolyn Mae Johnson (1902 - 1984)
    Mrs. Carolyn JOHNSON, 82 Of Goldengate, Succumbs. Longtime Goldengate, resident and former store owner-operator, Mrs. Carolyn Foster JOHNSON 82, died at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec 1, 1984, at Way-Fair Resot...
  • Billie Burt Hay (1923 - 2016)
    Billie Hay Boone Sanders, age 92, passed away August 3, 2016 at Friendship Villa in Miles City, MT. Billie was born on October 13, 1923 in Varnville, SC to Fred J. Hay and Grace Burt of Crawford, GA. ...
  • Betsy Foster, [1] (1781 - 1783)
  • Betsy Jackson, [2] (1791 - 1827)

English: variant of Forster ‘worker in a forest’. English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’). But other explanations are equally or more likely. English: from Old French forcetier ‘maker of scissors’; see Forster English: variant of Fewster from Anglo-Norman French Middle English fu(y)ster ‘maker of saddletrees’ (compare Foister ). Probably an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames such as Forster .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022