Fischer Family History

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Fischer Name Meaning

German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman, from Fisch + the agent suffix -er. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe.

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

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

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Fischer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fischer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fischer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Fischer Family Origin

Where is the Fischer family from?

Fischer Family Occupations

What did your Fischer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fischer. A less common occupation for the Fischer family was Carpenter. The most common Fischer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 15% of Fischer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Fischer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Fischer Historical Records

What Fischer family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Fischer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fischer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fischer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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