The German province known as the Rhineland
is the ancestral home of the Fuston 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. Fuston is a name for a person who was strong and pugnacious and was derived from the Old German word "fust," which meant "fist."
Early Origins of the Fuston family
The surname Fuston 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.
Early History of the Fuston family
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Fuston Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Fuston include Faust, Fauste, Fausst, Fausste, Fauss, Fausse and others.
Early Notables of the Fuston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fuston family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Fuston, or one of its variants above: Johann Philip Faust, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732; Friedrich Faust arrived in Canada in 1783 at the age of 24; A. Faust came to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1820.