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Foister Surname Meaning

English: variant of Fewster from Anglo-Norman French Middle English fu(y)ster ‘maker of saddletrees’.

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


Similar surnames: Forister, Foster, Ferster, Brister, Feimster, Forrister, Forster

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Where is the Foister family from?

You can see how Foister families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Foister family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Foister families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 50 Foister families living in Leicestershire. This was about 36% of all the recorded Foister's in United Kingdom. Leicestershire had the highest population of Foister families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Foister surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Foister ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Civil Servant Clerical Officer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Foister. 34% of Foister men worked as a Civil Servant Clerical Officer and 88% of Foister women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Foister were Butcher and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Civil Servant Clerical Officer
    34%
  • Civil Servant Staff Officer
    23%
  • Ironstone Quarry Foreman
    23%
  • Butcher
    23%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    88%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    7%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Foister. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foister census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 232 immigration records available for the last name Foister. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 615 military records available for the last name Foister. For the veterans among your Foister ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Foister lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Foister life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Foister in 1950 was 39, and 57 in 2004.

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