Fishwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Fishwick is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Fishwick family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Fishwick family lived in Lancashire. The family takes its name from a town in this county by the name of Fishwick. This place-name is derived from the Old English fisc, which means fish, and wic which means outlying farm. This hamlet, which was located on the River Ribble, was formerly known as Fiscuic.

Early Origins of the Fishwick family

The surname Fishwick was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They were apparently Lords of the manor of Fishwick, anciently Fiscuic, a hamlet on the creek of the River Ribble. The early records of this family were lost. Nevertheless they are recorded in the Domesday Book and we must presume this fishing tribe were either of Norman or Viking origin.

Early History of the Fishwick family

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Fishwick 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 Fishwicke, Fishwick, Fisherwick, Fishewick and many more.

Early Notables of the Fishwick family (pre 1700)

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United States Fishwick migration to the United States +

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 Fishwick or a variant listed above:

Fishwick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Fishwick, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Fishwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Fishwick, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Hugh Fishwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Australia Fishwick migration to Australia +

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

Fishwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Fishwick, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Miss Caroline Fishwick who was convicted in Clerkenwell, London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Fishwick 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:

Fishwick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E Fishwick, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1835
  • Mr. Edward Fishwick, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1837 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fishwick (post 1700) +

  • John Palmer Fishwick (1916-2010), American railroad executive, chief executive of Norfolk and Western Railway
  • Marshall Fishwick (1923-2006), American scholar, professor, writer, editor and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of both the American Studies and Popular Culture programs at Virginia Tech
  • Jeanne Fishwick, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004 [5]
  • Harold "Tatto" Fishwick (b. 1891), English footballer who played from 1907 to 1913
  • Tom Silvester Fishwick (1876-1950), English cricketer who played from 1896 to 1909
  • Albert Edward "Bert" Fishwick (1899-1961), English footballer who scored 61 goals in 188 league games from 1923 to 1933
  • John Fishwick Leeming (1895-1965), English entrepreneur, businessman, co-founder of the Lancashire Aero Club

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Edmund Fishwick (1874-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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