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Origins of the Fisher surname

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What does the name Fisher mean?

The Fisher surname originates in England and is seen in records from as early as the 1200s. Fisher is most often an occupational name from the Middle English 'fischere', given to those who fished, were fishermen, or sold fish, and their descendants. The surname Fisher is sometimes believed to be topographical, referring to those who live closer to river fishing traps.

Alternative variations of the name Fisher

Fisher, Fischer, Fisser, Vischer, Fishar

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Where do most Fishers live?

In 1921, most Fishers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Fishers

How common is your surname?

83rd most common surname in the UK

We have 360,000 records for the Fisher surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Fishers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Fisher first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Fishers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Fishers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Fishers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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