I might be the only female Foster in existence! Thanks Mom and Dad, it's kind of a pain that it's considered male. I'm frequently called "sir" when corresponding via work email. I'm not a dude, I'm a lady. And a unique one. But definitely a lady, I just checked.
If anyone knows another girl Foster I'd love to meet her so we can complain about how annoying it is to be called sir but not have the energy to correct them!
I’d use it if it weren’t for some relations.
I did not realize that Foster has four different sources!

Regarding the first one I personally prefer Forest to it (while I dislike both Forrester and Forester).

I dislike the link with Foster children.

The other two occupational meanings of Foster (fustier and forcetier) don't bother me.
Foster home.
Also the name of a brand of eyewear called Foster Grant.
American comedic character actor Foster Brooks (1912-2001).
I love it. It sounds modest, but still unique.
There aren't many choices for nicknames (which can be good to some) like, uhh.. Fossie, I guess? Terry?
Either way, I think it is quite a dignified name. Though, it may be best to have a middle name with it as well.
The name Foster was given to 211 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Foster are male.
The name Foster was given to 195 boys born in the US in 2015.
Foster as an English masculine given name does not necessarily have to be derived from one of the surnames Foster: it can also be a genuine given name, in which case it is derived from Vedastus, the name of a 6th-century French saint (who is also known as Vedast in English). He was venerated in England from the 10th century onwards.

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I can't take a huge liking to this name. Just reminds me too much of foster care, Foster child, Foster parents, etc

In response to ThatMazerunnerfan, that's kind of why I like it. All of those things remind me of caring. The word "Foster" itself means to care for and I think that's adorable.
Well, I just loved Wilted's comment! Haha :) I would make this my son's middle name, not first name. I like Foster the People, and when I was little I liked Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Plus, it just sounds cool. It just seems so... nurturing.
Mark Foster, lead singer (for lack of a better term) of Foster the People, is a famous bearer. Foster the People sang "Pumped Up Kicks." Also, there's "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" that was on Cartoon Network.
Scissor-making is the best profession of all time. No exceptions. If you're man enough to honor our scissor-making forebears, this may be the name for you. If you're not gunning to use this name, no matter. You were probably the wimpy "safety scissors" type anyway.
In Swedish, "foster" means "foetus" and "missfoster" (like Ms Foster) means "freak of nature" - heh! Ours is a curious language, indeed.
Two famous Fosters: Jodie Foster, actress, and Stephen Foster, songwriter.
I love this name, as it is what we named our son, now 2. Although at first we had several responses people either hated it or loved it. Now, all I and everyone else sees is a wonderful, intelligent, strong willed little boy who is just amazing with such a great name.
An ancient Greek name, from the Greek word "foster", meaning "light emission, luminary".

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