Foyster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Foyster surname was no doubt taken on by someone who either lived in or near a forest, or perhaps worked in the forest. The Middle English word "forest" referred specifically to an area of woodland reserved by law as hunting grounds for the king or his nobles. No doubt, as a surname, Foyster would have appeared independently in various parts of Britain. Alternately, some instances of this surname are thought to derive from the Old French (Norman) word "forcetier," which was originally an occupational name for a maker or user of scissors or clipping shears.

Early Origins of the Foyster family

The surname Foyster was first found in Northumberland where early records include John Forester, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Surrey of 1183, Warin le Forstere in London in 1199, and Richard le Forester listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1240. There was a line of Forsters who held Bamborough Castle, Northumberland, beginning with Sir John Forster, said to have fought with King Richard I in the Crusades of the 12th century; Governing the castle until the mid 18th century. There was also a Shropshire family of this name, who held custody of part of the Wrekin forest. An early record of this family lists a Hugh Forester as a witness 1187. Adderstone in Northumberland was another ancient family seat. "The manor [of Adderstone] was possessed by the ancient family of Forster, from whom it came, in 1763, to John William Bacon, Esq." [1] And another branch of the family ewas found at Beadnell, again in Northumberland. "Here is a small castle, which formerly belonged to the family of Forster; and close to the sea are remains of a chapel, supposed to have been a cell to Coldingham monastery." [1]

Early History of the Foyster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foyster research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1275, 1379, 1515, 1602, 1663, 1619, 1620, 1649, 1711, 1677, 1704, 1574, 1572, 1575, 1569, 1635, 1633, 1635, 1511, 1558, 1555, 1558, 1698, 1668, 1720, 1701, 1714, 1703, 1715, 1709, 1709 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Foyster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foyster Spelling Variations

The name, Foyster, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor, Forrister, Fewster, Foister, Foyster and many more.

Early Notables of the Foyster family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Forster (c.1515-1602), English administrator and soldier; Sir William Forster; and his son, Sir Humfrey Forester, 1st Baronet (died 1663) of Aldermaston, Berkshire, Sheriff of Berkshire (1619-1620); and his son, Sir Humphrey Forster, 2nd Baronet (c 1649-1711), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Berkshire in 1677, Sheriff of Berkshire in 1704. Sir Humphrey's second son, William Forster...
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Ireland Migration of the Foyster family to Ireland

Some of the Foyster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Foyster family

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Foyster surname who came to North America were: George Forest, who settled in Virginia in 1608, 12 years before the "Mayflower"; John Foster, who came to Virginia in 1623; Patience Forster, who came to Massachusetts in 1635.

Contemporary Notables of the name Foyster (post 1700) +

  • Robyn Foyster, Australian editor of The Australian Women's Weekly (2007-2009)
  • Mark Foyster (b. 1964), former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda (1983-1984), awarded the Chandler Award in 2002

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook
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