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Fischer Family History

Fischer Name Meaning

German Danish and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman from Middle High German visch German Fisch ‘fish’ + the agent suffix -er. This form of the surname is also established in some other parts of Europe notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary and the Netherlands. In Poland Czechia Croatia and Slovenia it is (also) established in the Slavicized forms Fiszer (Polish) and Fišer (see Fiser ). Compare Fisher . Scottish: variant of Fisher .

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


Similar surnames: Fisher, Fischel, Discher, Fleischer, Fischler, Wascher, Disher

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Where is the Fischer family from?

You can see how Fischer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fischer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fischer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Fischer families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Fischer's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Fischer families in 1840.
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What did your Fischer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fischer. 12% of Fischer men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Fischer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fischer were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 256,000 census records available for the last name Fischer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fischer 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 116,000 immigration records available for the last name Fischer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 171,000 military records available for the last name Fischer. For the veterans among your Fischer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fischer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fischer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fischer in 1940 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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