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Where did the German Fisher family come from? What is the German 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?

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Fisher arose, is renowned for both its beauty, industry, and economic power. However, in the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Fischer, Ficher, Fisscher, Fisher, Fissher, Fisch, Fish, Fische and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fisher research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1646, 1720, 1646, 1716, 1656, 1723, 1691 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Fisher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fisher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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: Vorwärts in Treu und Wahreit
Motto Translation: Forward in faithful and truth


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  6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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.

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