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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.

Inkster Early Origins



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.

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Inkster Spelling Variations


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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.

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Inkster Early History


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Inkster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inkster research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Inkster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Inkster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Inkster Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Inkster 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



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

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

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml
  • James Inkster, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Inkster (post 1700)


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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

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