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The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Fister family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Fister is a name for a person who was strong and pugnacious and was derived from the Old German word "fust," which meant "fist."

Fister Early Origins



The surname Fister was first found in Strasbourg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family in Bavaria and in the Rhine region with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Fister Spelling Variations


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Fister Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Fister include Faust, Fauste, Fausst, Fausste, Fauss, Fausse and others.

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Fister Early History


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Fister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fister research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1540, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Fister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Fister were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Fister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Fister, aged 25, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Durst Fister, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Ludwig Fister, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1774

Fister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Fister, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fister (post 1700)



  • Thomas D. Fister, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1868
  • Frank Fister, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Fister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2015 at 09:12.

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