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Origin and popularity of the name FISHER

Origin

Fisher : 1: English: occupational name for a fisherman from Middle English fis(sc)her(e) ‘fisherman’ (Old English fiscere). In North America this surname has absorbed cognates from many other languages including German Fischer and its Slavic(ized) variant Fišer (see Fiser) Dutch Visser Hungarian Halász (see Halasz) Italian Pescatore Slovenian Ribič (see Ribic) and Croatian Ribić or Ribar.2: English: in a few cases possibly a topographic name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river from Middle English fis(sc)hwere fisshyar ‘fish weir’ (Old English fiscwer fiscgear) or a habitational name from a place so named such as Fisher in North Mundham Sussex.3: Irish: translation into English of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’ a personal name meaning ‘salmon’. See Braden.4: Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman Yiddish fisher (from German Fischer).5: Americanized form (mistranslation into English) of French Poissant meaning ‘powerful strong vigorous’ but understood as poisson ‘fish’ and assimilated to the more frequent English name.6: Americanized form (translation into English) of French Poisson ‘fish’ and assimilated to the more frequent English name.7: Native American (Cheyenne): from a mistranslation into English of the Cheyenne personal name Noma'heškeso ‘Little Fish’ from a diminutive of noma'he ‘fish’.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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