Fish Family History
Fish Name Meaning
English: from Middle English fish fisch fisk ‘fish’ (Old English fisc Old Norse fiskr) a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish. Americanized form of German Fisch and a variant of the same Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname. The surname of Jewish and German origin is also found in Britain. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Poisson ‘fish’. Americanized form (mistranslation into English) of French Poissant meaning ‘powerful strong vigorous’ but understood as poisson ‘fish’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press