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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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Fisher Family Origin

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Fisher Family Occupations

What did your Fisher ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Fisher family was Labourer. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fisher. The most common Fisher occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Fisher's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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Fisher Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Fisher Life Expectancy

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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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