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

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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


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  • Jack David Fischer (b. 1974), American test pilot and a NASA astronaut candidate
  • 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
  • Eva Fischer (1920-2015), Croatian Italian artist
  • Max Fischer (1927-2015), German politician, representative of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria
  • Birgit Fischer (b. 1962), German winner of eight gold, and four sliver Olympic medals for canoe sprint at the 1980, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 games
  • 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
  • Ernst Fischer (1824-1907), German professor of philosophy at Jena
  • Abram Louis Fischer (1908-1975), South African Rhodes Scholar and lawyer of Afrikaner descent, notable for anti-apartheid activism
  • Fritz Fischer (1908-1999), German historian best known for his analysis of the causes of World War I

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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: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.

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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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