Fishay is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to 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 Fishay family
The surname Fishay was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fishay family
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Fishay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Fishay has appeared include Fish, Fishe and others.
Early Notables of the Fishay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fishay family to Ireland
Some of the Fishay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fishay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fishay arrived in North America very early: William Fish who settled in Connecticut in 1630; John Fish settled in Boston in 1630; Gabriel Fish settled in New Hampshire
in 1632; Christopher Fish settled in Barbados in 1635.