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Fisher Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Fisher Families

  • Number of Fisher families
     2,308 - 4,613
     770 - 2,307
     1 - 769
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fisher families
     2,468 - 4,933
     823 - 2,467
     1 - 822
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fisher families
     494 - 986
     165 - 493
     1 - 164
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fisher Family Origin

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Fisher Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Fisher

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Fisher Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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