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.
Early Origins of the Fourbister family
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
Early History of the Fourbister family
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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.
Early Notables of the Fourbister family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fourbister family to the New World and Oceana
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.