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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.

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The surname Fisher was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent bearers of the family name Fisher at this time were Johann Fischer (1646-1720) was a composer in the French style; Johann Fischer (1646-1716), a German violinist, keyboardist and composer of the Baroque era; Edwin Fischer...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fisher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fisher Settlers in 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
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Fisher Settlers in 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
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Fisher Settlers in 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
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Fisher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

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

Fisher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Fisher U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1775 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York
  • Mrs. Mary Fisher U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1775
  • Mr. Lewis Fisher U.E., "Ludowig" who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. Philip Fisher U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 5 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
  • Mr.CounrodFisher U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 409 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
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Fisher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alex Fisher, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • Donald Fisher, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • Duncan Fisher, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • Sarah Fisher, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Lillyl Fisher, aged 50, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
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Fisher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Fisher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Fisher, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Fisher, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Fisher, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Daniel Fisher, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Fisher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Francis Fisher landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac Fisher landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Fisher landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Fisher, aged 22, a plasterer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Eliza Fisher, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
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  • 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
  • William Frederick Fisher M.D. (b. 1946), American physician and a former NASA astronaut with over 170 hours in space
  • Anna L. Fisher M.D. (b. 1949), NASA Astronaut with 192 hours in space
  • Zachary Fisher (1910-1999), American philanthropist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mrs. Junis Fisher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1940
  • Karen Fisher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008
  • Kenneth K. Fisher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996
  • Kenneth M. Valenzuela Fisher, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 47th District, 2002
  • Kenneth R. Fisher, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District; Elected 2009
  • Kristen Kelley Fisher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
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Fisher Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Samuel Charles Fisher, British Bell Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Wilfred Fisher (1891-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Margaret Fisher (1867-1914), née Lightfoot American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Master Carl Frederick  Fisher (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Dora Fisher (1892-1917), "Edna" Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John William Fisher (1903-1941), Australian Leading Cook (S) from Granville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie Fisher (b. 1911), English Blacksmith 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Frederick Fisher, British Signal Boatswain, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William H Fisher, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Dr. Howard Lowrie Fisher, American 1st Class Passenger from Washington, District of Columbia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • 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.
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. 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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