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The name Fischer came to England with the ancestors of the Fischer family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Fischer is 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.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. 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 Fischer 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 Fischer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fischer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Fischer 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.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fischer or a variant listed above were:
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Johannes Fischer, who landed in America in 1693
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- A Sybilla Fischer, who landed in America in 1701
- Johannes Fischer arrived in New York in 1708
- Sebastian Fischer, who landed in New York in 1709
- Sebastian Fischer came to New York in 1710-11
- Johan Michael Fischer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Heinr Fischer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
- Cristian W Fischer, aged 2, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- Catharine. Fischer, aged 11, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- John G Fischer, aged 17, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- John, Fischer Sr., aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
Fischer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Eva Fischer, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1901
- Lydia Fischer, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
- Magdalena Fischer, aged 25, arrived in America in 1901
- Bernhard Julius Fischer, who arrived in Alabama in 1913
Fischer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Bernhard Fischer, who arrived in Canada in 1777
- Caspar Fischer arrived in Canada in 1783
Fischer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Franz Fischer, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"
- Anthony Fischer arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
- August Fischer, aged 42, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Victoria"
Fischer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Dominic Fischer, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Lena Fischer, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Adolf Fischer, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Julia Fischer, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Jacob Fischer, aged 44, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Jack David Fischer (b. 1974), American test pilot and a NASA astronaut candidate
- David Joseph Fischer (b. 1939), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Seychelles, 1982-85
- David Fischer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2008
- Dave Fischer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 2002
- Celia M. Fischer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
- Bruno Fischer, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1934, 1935; Candidate for New York State Senate 12th District, 1938
- Bert Fischer, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 3rd District, 1935; Defeated, 1935
- Ben Fischer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1938
- Amy Fischer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2000
- Donald P. Fischer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1961-73 (acting, 1961-64)
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.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
The Fischer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fischer 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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