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The Anglo-Saxon name Fiske comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked as a fisherman or someone who sold fish. The surname Fiske also has a nickname origin, in which case the original bearer had certain characteristics that resembled a fish.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fiske include Fisk, Ffiske, Fiske, Fisc and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fiske research. Another 479 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1519, 1637, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Fiske History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fiske Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fiske or a variant listed above:

Fiske Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Fiske arrived in Salem Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Fiske, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1637
  • David Fiske, who landed in New England in 1638
  • David Fiske settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1640
  • Anne Fiske, who arrived in New England in 1640


Fiske Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • G S Fiske, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. J R Fiske, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • R. L. Fiske settled in San Francisco in 1853
  • Albert Fiske, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1893
  • Reinhold Fiske, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1893


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  • Edwin W. Fiske (1861-1928), American Democrat politician, Real estate business; Mayor of Mt. Vernon, New York, 1896-1903, 1910-17; Defeated, 1894, 1917, 1923, 1927
  • Edwin M. Fiske, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916
  • Edwards W. Fiske, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 2nd District, 1848-50
  • Edmund Walter Fiske (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, 1919-21
  • Donald B. Fiske, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Charles J. Fiske, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1900
  • Charles E. Fiske, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 10th District, 1900; Defeated, 1900, 1901
  • Amos F. Fiske, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 10th District, 1863-65
  • Frederick C. Fiske, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County 2nd District, 1876
  • Ira H. Fiske, American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Roxbury, 1888

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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: Macte Virtute Sic Itur Ad Astra
Motto Translation: So to the stars we go.

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  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Fiske Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fiske 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.

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