Fisk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Fisk is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a fisherman or someone who sold fish. The surname Fisk also has a nickname origin, in which case the original bearer had certain characteristics that resembled a fish.

Early Origins of the Fisk family

The surname Fisk was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. A landholder of the name Fisc is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 in the county of Suffolk near Laxfield, anciently known in Saxon geography of Suffolk as Laxefelda.

Important Dates for the Fisk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fisk research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1519, 1637, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Fisk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fisk Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fisk are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fisk include Fisk, Ffiske, Fiske, Fisc and others.

Early Notables of the Fisk family (pre 1700)

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Fisk migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fisk or a variant listed above:

Fisk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Caspar Fisk, who settled in Delaware in 1693
  • Casper Fisk, who arrived in Delaware in 1693 [1]
Fisk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Fisk, who settled in Maryland in 1744
Fisk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G. B. Fisk, who settled in New York in 1821
  • H Fisk, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [1]
  • Mrs. Fisk, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [1]
  • Richard Fisk, who arrived in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Paul Fisk, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fisk migration to Australia

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

Fisk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Fisk, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Francis George Fisk, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Bridgett Fisk, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]
  • Thomas Fisk, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Archer" in 1848 [4]
  • Sarah Fisk, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fisk 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:

Fisk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emily Fisk, (b. 1837), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [6]
  • Miss Edna Fisk, (b. 1840), aged 19, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [6]
  • Miss Harriet M. Fisk, (b. 1843), aged 18, English domestic servant, from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [6]
  • Miss Jane Fisk, (b. 1850), aged 14, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [7]
  • Clement Fisk, aged 26, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fisk (post 1700)

  • Stephen Gregory "Greg" Fisk (1945-2015), American politician, 13th Mayor of Juneau, Alaska in 2015
  • Clinton Bowen Fisk (1828-1890), American merchant, miller, banker, and Union Army brigadier general, eponym of Fisk University
  • James Fisk (1910-1981), American President of Bell Telephone Laboratories
  • Jack Fisk (b. 1934), American film director and actor
  • James Fisk (1834-1872), American financial speculator
  • James Fisk (1763-1844), American politician from Vermont, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Eliot Fisk (b. 1954), American classical guitarist
  • Willbur Fisk (1792-1839), American clergyman and educator
  • Schuyler Fisk (b. 1982), American actress
  • Jason Fisk (b. 1972), American NFL football player
  • ... (Another 48 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fisk family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Charles Porter Fisk III., American Yeoman First 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 [8]

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Citations

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ARCHER 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalArcher.gif
  5. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ 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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