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In the Middle Ages, Viking immigrants settled the shores of Scotland and named many places. The Fourbister name was then created from one of these place names. They lived in Foubister, a township in the parish of St. Andrews, Orkney. The Orkney Islands were settled by Viking raiders led by Sigurd the Stout in the 9th century, after being dispossessed of their lands in Norway by the king of Norway as he extended his kingdom.

Fourbister Early Origins



The surname Fourbister was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times and gave their name to the village and township of Foubister in the parish of St. Andrews in the Orkney Islands.

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Fourbister Early History


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Fourbister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fourbister research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1516, and 1674 are included under the topic Early Fourbister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fourbister Spelling Variations


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Fourbister Spelling Variations



Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Fourbister include Foubister, Fowbister, Fourbister, Ffoubister, Fowbuster, Foubester, Fowbyster and many more.

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Fourbister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fourbister Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Fourbister name: David Foubister arrived in Pennsylvania in 1876.

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