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Thoughts on Foster as a boy's name

(84 Posts)
Amiasmummy Mon 13-Jan-14 20:29:14

I know it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea and to be honest, when my OH first suggested it I wasn't a fan. I thought people would think he was named after the beer. BUT it's really grown on me and now out of the few names we have agreed on it has become my favourite. (The beer thing obviously no longer bothers me). What are people's thoughts on the name? (Without being plain rude please) grin

saintmerryweather Mon 13-Jan-14 20:35:13

Its fine as a surname

Lozza70 Mon 13-Jan-14 20:47:21

I know some people with Foster as a first name. Seems very normal to me but might be an Irish thing. Generally of an older generation though.

EirikurNoromaour Mon 13-Jan-14 20:55:20

I don't like it, makes me think of foster care.

Farahilda Mon 13-Jan-14 20:56:21

Definitely lager.

Would make a good sibset with Stella.

StrawberryMojito Mon 13-Jan-14 20:58:57

I don't like it. No particular reason, I just don't think it sounds good. Fine as a surname though.

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 13-Jan-14 21:11:01

What about Forbes?

sausageandorangepickle Mon 13-Jan-14 23:44:07

In that surnamey name way it reminds me of Cooper, or Carter, both of which i prefer - I know a Carter, and he is lovely.

However, it's your choice and wouldn't make me hmm if that is what you are asking

Maddison7Harrison22 Mon 13-Jan-14 23:48:08

People are always going to have different opinions. I s.get told that Maddison is a boys name but I love it for my little girl. Forget what other people think. It's not as bad as some of the names I have heard around my way. (Not going to mention any just in case haha)

toobreathless Tue 14-Jan-14 00:59:56

I just can't see past the beer,


Any good??

Spaghettinetti Tue 14-Jan-14 09:54:33

As long as your surname's not 'Wheeler'... Seriously, you could end up giving your son the name of an engineering company or something...I'd do a google search before putting it on the birth certificate! :-)

ButEmilylovedhim Tue 14-Jan-14 09:56:06

Makes me think of foster care too.

HavantGuard Tue 14-Jan-14 09:57:38


Writerwannabe83 Tue 14-Jan-14 10:14:39

I know 3 people who called their dogs after beers and all it screamed was Chav grin

Obviously I know your son isn't a dog and would never think of a child as a Chav but that link would always be at the back of my mind...

I think those who are making references to Foster Care and Foster children also have a point.

However, as everyone says on MN, it's your child and your choice - if you really like it then go for it smile

MrsPatMustard Tue 14-Jan-14 14:36:56

My great-uncle was called Foster, so it's always had positive associations for me. I think it's a lovely name.

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 14-Jan-14 14:38:23

Carter and Porter are literally a million times better

ToffeeJungle Tue 14-Jan-14 14:43:03

I like a lot of the surnamey type names but not Foster Im afraid.

Much prefer the likes of Jackson, Wilson, Harrison, Cooper, Parker, Ellis and Cole.

Mim78 Tue 14-Jan-14 15:03:54

Sorry, for me it is larger too.

But should say I don't really like surnamey names.

squoosh Tue 14-Jan-14 15:33:34

Will it make him your foster-son?

hawkmcqueen Wed 15-Jan-14 07:07:31

I really like surname first names when it has a family connection, I.e. mothers maiden name. I know a family with this surname so it is familiar and I wouldn't bat an eyelid. However I think it's a bit random if there's no family connection BUT overall I do like it!

Hoolit Wed 15-Jan-14 07:15:09

It was nearly my ds name as is a family name. I like it but used it as a middle name as I didn't want him known as Foss. Ds is 13 now and said he wouldn't have minded it had we used it although he didn't like his dads other choice !

Rollermum Wed 15-Jan-14 07:28:21

I generally like surname names but my first thought was foster care too, sorry. If you love it though, it doesn't matter a name quickly becomes normal to those who know the baby IYSWIM.

Amiasmummy Tue 28-Jan-14 21:31:48

Oops! Didn't mean to boycott my own post blush I completely forgot about it. Thank you for all the feedback. Despite some of the negativity, I still like Foster as a name. We also have Vinnie, Joel (my choice) and Aston (OHs choice) on the short list, although we're still leaning towards Foster (cute nn: fozzy). Other names I like are Arlo, Harrison, Logan, Braeden. OH likes Leon, Aaron, Darrell, Liam. (Neither of us liked the other ones choices) We still have 6 weeks till D-day so plenty of time to keep looking and see what feels right when we meet him smile

RabbitPies Wed 29-Jan-14 09:09:13

Hate it and I generally love surname type names,but no,just no. Not with the beer and foster care associations,and it has an unpleasant sound.

Joel is a wonderful name.

Amiasmummy Wed 29-Jan-14 16:20:48

An unpleasant sound?? I'm not even sure what that means tbh... I do love Joel on paper, but the more I say it out loud I seem to go off it sad

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