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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Fisher family come from? What is the English Fisher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fisher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fisher family history?

When the ancestors of the Fisher family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a person who worked as a fisherman. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English word fischer.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fisher, Fischer and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fisher research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1683, 1661, 1605, 1665, 1616, 1693, 1655, 1705, 1702, 1623, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Fisher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fisher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fisher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fisher or a variant listed above:

Fisher Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Fisher settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and children
  • Edward Fisher settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Gabriel Fisher settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Gabriell Fisher, aged 36, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Gabriel Fisher, aged 36, landed in Virginia in 1635

Fisher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Dann Fisher, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Simon Fisher arrived in New England in 1709 with his wife
  • Edward Fisher, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Caleb Fisher, who arrived in New England in 1716
  • Fleny Fisher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731

Fisher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Fisher, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Eliz Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1801
  • C Fisher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fredk Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Alexander Duff Fisher, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812

Fisher Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Frangika Fisher, aged 49, arrived in New York, NY in 1900


  • Doris Fisher (1915-2003), American singer and songwriter
  • Fred Fisher (1875-1942), American composer
  • Bud Fisher (1885-1954), American strip cartoonist
  • Gary Christopher Fisher (b. 1950), considered one of the inventors of the modern mountain bike
  • Eddie Fisher (1928-2010), American singer and entertainer, who was one of the world's most famous and successful singers in the 1950s
  • Second Lieutenant Almond Edward Fisher (1913-1982), United States Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Zachary Fisher (1910-1999), American philanthropist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Anna L. Fisher M.D. (b. 1949), NASA Astronaut with 192 hours in space
  • William Frederick Fisher M.D. (b. 1946), American physician and a former NASA astronaut with over 170 hours in space
  • Carrie Frances Fisher (b. 1956), American novelist, screenwriter, actress and lecturer most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy



  • Blue Ridge Mountain Kinfolks: A Record of Ancestors, Descendants, and Relative of the Author and Wife, Including Fisher-Gilbert-HAll-Harley-Hill-King-Kirby-Lawson Families by Larry King.
  • The Descendants of Nathan Cramer-Alazana Fisher, Including Allied Families and Genealogical Notes: Applegate, Ball, Bean, Cheney, Cox, Crammer, Fessenden, Hensley, Lyon, Mourning, Stookey, Wright by Dolores Cramer Wolf.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.


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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Fisher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fisher 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 19 October 2014 at 15:55.

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