Inkster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The descendents of Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Inkster. It was derived from Ingsgar, a Viking Chieftain who settled in the Shetland Islands in the 9th century.

Early Origins of the Inkster family

The surname Inkster was first found in the Shetlands, 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 Inkster family

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Inkster 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 Inkster include Inkster, Inghster, Inkstar, Ingster, Ingstar and others.

Early Notables of the Inkster family (pre 1700)

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United States Inkster migration to the United States +

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 Inkster name:

Inkster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George T. Inkster (1848-1901) was a Canadian-born American pioneer in the Red River Valley of present day North Dakota, eponym of Inkster, ND

Canada Inkster migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Inkster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Inkster who arrived around 1830 and settled in Red River, Manitoba was a Blacksmith and another early employee of HBCo

Australia Inkster migration to Australia +

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

Inkster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Inkster, aged 68, a fisherman, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [1]
  • James Inkster, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

New Zealand Inkster migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Inkster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Inkster, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Halcyon" arriving in New Zealand in 1852 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Inkster (post 1700) +

  • George T. Inkster (1848-1901), Canadian-born, American pioneer in the Red River Valley, North Dakota
  • Juli Inkster (b. 1960), American professional LPGA golfer
  • Nigel Inkster (b. 1952), British former director of operations and intelligence for the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
  • Norman David Inkster OC (b. 1938), Canadian Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (1987-1994), made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995
  • John Inkster Goodlad (1920-2014), Canadian-born, American educator, researcher and professor in education, President of the American Educational Research Association (1967-1968)


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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