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Foston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and East and North Yorkshire, all named Foston, from the Old Norse personal name Fótr + Old English tun.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Roston, Poston, Forton, Baston, Holton, Royston, Hopton, Alston

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Foston Family Origin

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Foston Family Occupations

What did your Foston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Tailor, Farmer and Ag Labourer & Pm Speaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foston. The most common Foston occupation in the UK was Tailor. 15% of Foston's were Tailors. A less common occupation for the Foston family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Tailor

  • Farmer

  • Ag Labourer & Pm Speaker

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Foston ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Foston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Foston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 391 immigration records available for the last name Foston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 378 military records available for the last name Foston. For the veterans among your Foston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foston Life Expectancy

What is the average Foston lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Foston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Foston in 1956 was 46, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Foston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Foston ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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