Fester History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fester family

The surname Fester was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Fester family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fester research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1589, 1663, 1648, 1681, 1617, 1692, 1635, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Fester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fester Spelling Variations

The name Fester, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Forrester, Forester, Forrest, Forster, Foster, Forrestor and many more.

Early Notables of the Fester family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Forster; Sir Robert Foster (1589-1663), an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench; John Foster (1648-1681), the earliest American engraver and the first Boston...
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Ireland Migration of the Fester family to Ireland

Some of the Fester family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Fester migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Fester family, or who bore a variation of the surname Fester were

Fester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Feelix Fester, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Felix Fester, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
Fester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Casper Fester, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pe in 1855 [1]
  • Thomas Fester, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]

Australia Fester migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Fester, English convict who was convicted in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia


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