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

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.

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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.

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 Fisher 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 Fisher 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 Fisher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fisher 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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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 settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and children
  • Edward Fisher settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Gabriel Fisher settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Gabriell Fisher, aged 36, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Gabriel Fisher, aged 36, landed in Virginia in 1635


Fisher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Dann Fisher, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Simon Fisher arrived in New England in 1709 with his wife
  • Edward Fisher, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Caleb Fisher, who arrived in New England in 1716
  • Fleny Fisher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731


Fisher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Fisher, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Eliz Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1801
  • C Fisher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fredk Fisher, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Alexander Duff Fisher, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812


Fisher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frangika Fisher, aged 49, arrived in New York, NY in 1900

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
  • Mrs. Mary Fisher U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1775
  • Mr. Lewis Fisher U.E., "Ludowig" who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • 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
  • 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


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, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast
  • Lillyl Fisher, aged 50, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838


Fisher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Richard Fisher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Fisher, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Fisher, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Fisher, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Daniel Fisher, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Fisher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Francis Fisher landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac Fisher landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Fisher landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Fisher, aged 22, a plasterer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Eliza Fisher, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841


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  • Dr. Howard Lowrie Fisher, American 1st Class Passenger from Washington, District of Columbia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Charles Thomas Fisher IV (1953-1988), American Banker from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • Carrie Frances Fisher (b. 1956), American novelist, screenwriter, actress and lecturer most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy
  • William Frederick Fisher M.D. (b. 1946), American physician and a former NASA astronaut with over 170 hours in space
  • 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

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  • 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.
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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 Fisher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fisher 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.

This page was last modified on 3 September 2015 at 13:37.

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