Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

William the Conqueror

The Foster Surname is of English origin

The Foster Families in America got their heritage in England about 1066 AD after the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror knighted a 16-year-old young man (his nephew) Richard de Forestarius and gave to him and his posterity the northern part of England known as Northumberland.  The Forster’s surname evolved and the first son’s in each generation inherited the land, titles and the money.  

The second and additional sons eventually became known as Foster.  The many Foster families spread southward in England and by the early 1600’s were going abroad to establish homes and lands of their own in the English Empire.  Some were Knights of the noble class and had occupations as, soldiers, merchants, landowners, physicians, ministry and the trades.


From these many Foster families in England came two branches to America. 

(1) Foster home page

(2) The first to arrive was James Richard Foster, age 16 to Virginia aboard the ship, “Safety” in 1635 to Virginia.

(3) The second was John Foster, age 17 to Massachusetts in November 1635 aboard the ship, “Good Hope”.

This statement is mostly true: 

“The North stayed north and the South stayed south”
thus two branches from the same tree.