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Fisher Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a fisherman, Middle English fischer. The name has also been used in Ireland as a loose equivalent of Braden. As an American family name, this has absorbed cognates and names of similar meaning from many other European languages, including German Fischer, Dutch Visser, Hungarian Halász, Italian Pescatore, Polish Rybarz, etc. In a few cases, the English name may in fact be a topographic name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river, from the Old English term fisc-gear ‘fish weir’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman, Yiddish fisher, German Fischer. Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’, a personal name meaning ‘salmon’. See Braden. Mistranslation of French Poissant, meaning ‘powerful’, but understood as poisson ‘fish’ (see Poisson), and assimilated to the more frequent English name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Fishel, Risher, Usher, Fischer, Disher, Fister, Fish, Fiser, Filer

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Where is the Fisher family from?

You can see how Fisher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fisher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fisher families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,933 Fisher families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Fisher's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Fisher families in 1891.
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What did your Fisher ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Fisher. 7% of Fisher men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Fisher women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fisher were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Fisher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fisher census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 196,000 immigration records available for the last name Fisher. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 259,000 military records available for the last name Fisher. For the veterans among your Fisher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fisher lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fisher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Fisher in 1940 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

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