Fischer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Fischer 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.

Early Origins of the Fischer family

The surname Fischer 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.

Early History of the Fischer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fischer research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1646, 1720, 1646, 1716, 1656, 1723, 1691 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Fischer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fischer Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Fischer family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Fischer 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 Fischer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fischer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fischer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Johannes Fischer, who landed in America in 1693 [1]
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • A Sybilla Fischer, who landed in America in 1701 [1]
  • Johannes Fischer, who arrived in New York in 1708
  • Sebastian Fischer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Sebastian Fischer, who settled in New York in 1710-11
  • Johan Michael Fischer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Heinr Fischer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801 [1]
  • Cristian W Fischer, aged 2, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Catharine. Fischer, aged 11, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • John G Fischer, aged 17, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • John, Fischer Sr., aged 40, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eva Fischer, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Lydia Fischer, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Magdalena Fischer, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1901 [1]
  • Bernhard Julius Fischer, who arrived in Alabama in 1913 [1]

Canada Fischer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fischer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Bernhard Fischer, who arrived in Canada in 1777
  • Caspar Fischer, who arrived in Canada in 1783

Australia Fischer migration to Australia +

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

Fischer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Franz Fischer, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [2]
  • Anthony Fischer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [3]
  • Johann Julias Angus Fischer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder" [4]
  • August Fischer, aged 42, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Victoria"

New Zealand Fischer 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:

Fischer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dominic Fischer, aged 40, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Lena Fischer, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Adolf Fischer, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Julia Fischer, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Jacob Fischer, aged 44, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fischer (post 1700) +

  • William Charles "Bill" Fischer (1930-2018), American Major Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1956 to 1964
  • Alfred George Fischer (1920-2017), German-born, American geologist, a leading scientist in the Deep Sea Drilling Project
  • Jack David Fischer (b. 1974), American test pilot and a NASA astronaut candidate [5]
  • Robert James "Bobby" Fischer (1943-2008), American born chess Grandmaster who in 1972 became the only US-born chessplayer to become the official World Chess Champion
  • Jenna Fischer (b. 1974), Emmy Award-nominated American actress
  • David Joseph Fischer (b. 1939), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Seychelles, 1982-85 [6]
  • David Fischer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2008 [6]
  • Dave Fischer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 2002 [6]
  • Celia M. Fischer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [6]
  • Bruno Fischer, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1934, 1935; Candidate for New York State Senate 12th District, 1938 [6]
  • ... (Another 67 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Paul Fischer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Reinhard Fischer (1922-1941), German Matrose V who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Kurt Fischer (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Karl Fischer (1921-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Herbert Fischer (1920-1941), German Signalgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Eberhard Thelander Fischer (d. 1912), aged 18, Swedish Third Class passenger from BjorkebergaBjörkeberga, Skåne who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Leslie Henry Fischer, American Seaman First Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]


The Fischer Motto +

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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Victoria.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Steinwarder.htm
  5. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2011, January 18) Jack Fischer. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fischer-jack.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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