Fish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Fish is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a somone who worked with fish. As one would expect, it is derived from the Old English word fisc, which meant fish.

Early Origins of the Fish family

The surname Fish was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Fish family

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Fish Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fish include Fish, Fishe and others.

Early Notables of the Fish family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fish family to Ireland

Some of the Fish family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fish migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Fish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Fish, who settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • John Fish, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Gabriel Fish, who settled in New Hampshire in 1632
  • Christopher Fish, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Christopher Fish, aged 24, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Fish, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Josa Fish, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1773 [1]
Fish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Fish, who landed in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Charles Fish, aged 35, who arrived in Key West, Ha in 1837 [1]
  • Nathan Fish, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [1]
  • L B Fish, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • W Fish, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fish migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Fish, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Michael Fish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Mr. Jeremiah Fish U.E., "Fitz" born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he is listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist Agreement [2]
Fish Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thurston Fish, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Fish migration to Australia

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

Fish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Fish, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Henry Fish, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [4]
  • Henry Fish, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]

Fish 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:

Fish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Fish, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [5]
  • Anna M. Fish, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Clement Charles Fish, aged 46, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Elizabeth Fish, aged 48, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Eliza Fish, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Fish (post 1700)

  • Stuyvesant Fish (1851-1923), American president of the Illinois Central Railroad
  • Preserved Fish (1766-1846), American shipping merchant in New York City, President of the Bank of America
  • Farnum Thayer Fish (1896-1978), early American airplane pilot known as the "Boy Aviator", at the age of 17, he was the "youngest licensed aviator in the world"
  • Bert Fish (1875-1943), American judge, real-estate operator, finance director, philanthropist, US Ambassador to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Portugal
  • Major-General Irwing Andrews Fish (1881-1948), American Commanding General 32nd Division (1938-1942) [6]
  • Matt Fish (b. 1969), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • Mardy Simpson Fish (b. 1981), American professional tennis player, American No. 1 in the ATP rankings as of April 2011
  • Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), American politician
  • Jasper Fish (b. 1791), English cricketer from Sevenoaks, Kent
  • Mrs. Judith Irene Fish M.B.E., (b. 1956), British Owner of The Applecross Inn, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Tourism in the Highlands and to the community in Applecross, Ross-shire [7]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fish family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Aubrey  Fish (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Wilfred Fish, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Sarah Mary Fish, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [10]
  • Miss Marion Enid Fish, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [10]
  • Miss Sadie Eileen Fish, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [10]
  • Miss Joan Fish, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Irwing Fish. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fish/Irwing_Andrews/USA.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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