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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: English
The surname Foster was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Although the name, Foster, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foster research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1589, 1663, 1648, 1681, 1617, 1692, 1635, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Foster History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Foster family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Foster family name Foster, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Foster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Samuel Foster, who arrived in New England in 1619
- John Foster, to Virginia in 1623
- John Foster, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
- Thomas Foster, who arrived in America in 1634
- Sylas Foster, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
Foster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Daniel] Foster, who landed in Virginia in 1700
- Thos Foster, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Phillis Foster, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Julian Foster, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
- Sam Foster, who landed in South Carolina in 1728
Foster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martha Foster, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
- Charles Foster, who arrived in America in 1805
- Alex Foster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
- Arthur Foster, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
- George S Foster, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
Foster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Chamberlain Burke Foster, aged 25, landed in Mississippi in 1907
- Louis Samuel Foster, who arrived in Alabama in 1912
- Lee Peter Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1921
- Alfred Scott Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1921
- Edward Augustus Foster, who landed in Alabama in 1926
Foster Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Bennet Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Patrick Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Robt Foster, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Asa Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Eleanor Foster, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
Foster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Asher M Foster, who landed in Canada in 1828
- Jude Foster, who landed in Canada in 1829
- James Foster, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Nathaniel Foster, who landed in Canada in 1831
- Hamilton Foster, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
Foster Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- H Foster, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Foster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Foster, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Rebecca Foster, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Foster, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Mary Foster, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Mary Ann Foster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
Foster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Foster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- James Ramsay Foster landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Coromandel
- James Ramsay Foster arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
- James Foster arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
- W Foster landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
- William Edwin "Bill" Foster (1929-2016), American head men's basketball coach, NABC Co-Coach of the Year (1978)
- Bill Foster (1930-2016), American head men's basketball coach, Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1978
- Robert Lloyd "Bob" Foster (1938-2015), American light heavyweight and heavyweight professional boxer, World light-heavyweight Champion (1968-1974)
- Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887), American abolitionist and radical social reformer
- Major-General Ivan Leon Foster (1896-1965), American Deputy Chief of Staff Allied Forces North Africa (1944-1945)
- Brigadier-General George Burgess Jr. Foster (1884-1949), American Commanding Officer Tripler General Hospital (1939-1941)
- Sergeant Gary Evans Foster (1894-1951), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
- Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster (b. 1962), American actress, film director and producer with two Academy Awards,three Bafta Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award
- Susanna Foster (1924-2009), American film actress best known for her leading role as Christine in the 1943 film version of The Phantom of the Opera
- Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864), American songwriter and composer who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home", "Old Folks at Home" and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", but died almost destitute in the Bellevue Hospital in New York
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
The Foster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foster Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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