The name Fishers arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. 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.
Early Origins of the Fishers family
The surname Fishers was 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.
Early History of the Fishers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fishers 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 Fishers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fishers Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fisher, Fischer and others.
Early Notables of the Fishers 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)... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fishers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fishers family to Ireland
Some of the Fishers 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fishers family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fishers or a variant listed above: Edward Fisher who settled in Virginia in 1623; Gabriel Fisher settled in Virginia in 1635; Henry Fisher settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and children.
The Fishers 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.