Fisher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Fisher family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name 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. [1]

"This seems to be a sufficiently obvious derivation from the calling of a fisherman, especially since ' fisher ' occurs in our version of the New Testament in this sense; and Leland in his Itinerary usually describes the smaller sea-coast places as "fischar tounes." In Domesday [Book] and other early records, we meet with the forms Piscator, Le Pecheur, etc." [2]

Early Origins of the Fisher family

The surname Fisher was first found in Essex, where Richard le Fischer was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1263. Years later, Ralph de Fisshar’ was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. [3]

In early records the name was often listed in Latin as "piscator" as seen by this record found in Scotland: Robert dominus Piscator, burgess of Perth, 1292. The Latin version quickly deferred to a more English version when "Michael Fysser who appears in record in 1344 as bailie of Perth is probably the Michaele Fisser recorded in 1338. " [4]

Early History of the Fisher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fisher research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1488, 1513, 1603, 1514, 1613, 1683, 1661, 1605, 1665, 1616, 1693, 1655, 1705, 1702, 1623, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Fisher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fisher Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fisher, Fischer and others.

Early Notables of the Fisher family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Fisher; Sir Robert Fisher, 1st Baronet of Great Packington, Warwickshire; and his son, Sir Clement Fisher, 2nd Baronet (1613-1683), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Coventry (1661); Samuel Fisher (1605-1665) was an English Quaker controversialist from Northampton; Payne Fisher (1616-1693), an English...
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Ireland Migration of the Fisher family to Ireland

Some of the Fisher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fisher migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fisher or a variant listed above:

Fisher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Fisher, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and children
  • Edward Fisher, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Gabriel Fisher, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Gabriell Fisher, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Gabriel Fisher, aged 36, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
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Fisher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dann Fisher, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Simon Fisher, who arrived in New England in 1709 with his wife
  • Edward Fisher, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [5]
  • Caleb Fisher, who arrived in New England in 1716 [5]
  • Fleny Fisher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fisher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Fisher, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1800 [5]
  • Eliz Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1801 [5]
  • C Fisher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [5]
  • Fredk Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [5]
  • Alexander Duff Fisher, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [5]
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Fisher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frangika Fisher, aged 49, who arrived in New York, NY in 1900 [5]

Canada Fisher migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fisher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Fisher U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1775 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Fisher U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1775 [6]
  • Mr. Lewis Fisher U.E., "Ludowig" who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]
  • Mr. Philip Fisher U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 5 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [6]
  • Mr.CounrodFisher U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 409 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [6]
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Fisher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alex Fisher, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • Donald Fisher, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • Duncan Fisher, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • Sarah Fisher, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Lillyl Fisher, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
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Australia Fisher migration to Australia +

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

Fisher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Fisher, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Frederick G. J. Fisher, (Frederick George James), (b. 1792), aged 24, English farmer who was convicted in Surrey, England for 14 years for forgery, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1826 [8]
  • Mr. William Fisher, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Richard Fisher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • William Fisher, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
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New Zealand Fisher 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:

Fisher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Fisher, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac Fisher, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Fisher, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Fisher, aged 22, a plasterer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Eliza Fisher, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fisher (post 1700) +

  • Carrie Frances Fisher (1956-2016), American novelist, screenwriter, actress and lecturer most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy; her mother Debbie Reynolds died the day after her [10]
  • William Frederick Fisher M.D. (b. 1946), American physician and a former NASA astronaut with over 170 hours in space [11]
  • Anna L. Fisher M.D. (b. 1949), NASA Astronaut with 192 hours in space
  • Zachary Fisher (1910-1999), American philanthropist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Doris Fisher (1915-2003), American singer and songwriter
  • Gary Christopher Fisher (b. 1950), considered one of the inventors of the modern mountain bike
  • Second Lieutenant Almond Edward Fisher (1913-1982), United States Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 [12]
  • Eddie Fisher (1928-2010), American singer and entertainer, who was one of the world's most famous and successful singers in the 1950s
  • Bud Fisher (1885-1954), American strip cartoonist
  • Fred Fisher (1875-1942), American composer
  • ... (Another 245 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Samuel Charles Fisher, British Bell Boy from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Wilfred Fisher (1891-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mrs. Margaret Fisher (1867-1914), née Lightfoot American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Carl Frederick  Fisher (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • Mrs. Dora Fisher (1892-1917), "Edna" Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie Fisher (b. 1911), English Blacksmith 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Frederick Fisher, British Signal Boatswain, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [18]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William H Fisher, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George William Fisher, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [20]
  • James Bailey Fisher (1908-1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
  • Billie Leonard Fisher (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
RMS Lusitania
  • Dr. Howard Lowrie Fisher, American 1st Class Passenger from Washington, District of Columbia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Delbert Ray Fisher, American Seaman First Class from Wyoming, 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 [22]
  • Mr. James Anderson Fisher, American Mess Attendant First Class from Virginia, 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 [22]
  • Mr. Robert Ray Fisher, American Seaman Second Class from California, 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 [22]


The Fisher 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: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.


Suggested Readings for the name Fisher +

  • 94 Blue Ridge Mountain Kinfolks: A Record of Ancestors, Descendants, and Relative of the Author and Wife, Including Fisher-Gilbert-HAll-Harley-Hill-King-Kirby-Lawson Families by Larry King, The Descendants of Nathan Cramer-Alazana Fisher, Including Allied Families and Genealogical Notes: Applegate, Ball, Bean, Cheney, Cox, Crammer, Fessenden, Hensley, Lyon, Mourning, Stookey, Wright by Dolores Cramer Wolf.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  10. ^ Carrie Fisher. (Retrieved 2011, February 7) Carrie Fisher. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Fisher
  11. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Fisher. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fisher-wf.html
  12. ^ Almond Fisher. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Almond Fisher. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond_Fisher
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  17. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  18. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  19. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  20. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ 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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