"Fisher" Surname Meaning and Surname Origin

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"FISHER" is an occupational surname from the Old English fiscare, meaning "fisherman." FISCHER is a common German spelling.

FISHER is the 95th most common surname in England. The German variant, FISCHER, is the 4th most common surname in Germany.

Surname Origin: English, German and French

Alternate Surname Spellings: FISCHER

Famous People with the Surname FISHER or FISCHER

  • Eddie Fisher - American singer and entertainer
  • Amy Fisher - The "Long Island Lolita," mistress of Joey Buttafuoco
  • Irving Fisher - American economist and author
  • Herman Guy Fisher - co-founder of the popular toy brand Fisher-Price

Genealogy Resources for the Surname FISHER

Common English Surnames and Their Meanings
Uncover the meaning of your English last name with this free guide to English surnames meanings and origins.

The Fisher Genealogy: A record of the descendants of Joshua, Anthony, and Cornelius Fisher, of Dedham, Mass., 1630-1640
This book on the Fisher family genealogy of Dedham, Massachusetts, can be previewed online or downloaded as a Google e-book for free reading.

Fisher Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Fisher surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Fisher query.

FamilySearch - FISHER Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Fisher surname and its variations.

FISHER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Fisher surname.

Cousin Connect - FISHER Genealogy Queries
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Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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