The surname Fishman of English origin.It was an occupational name for a fisherman,derived from the Middle English ‘fischer’ and the Old English ‘fiscere’;derived from ‘fiscian’ to catch fish.The name thus signifies ‘the fisher’,from one who obtained his living by fishing.The name has also been used in Ireland as a loose equivalant of Braden.It can also be a topographical name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river,from the Old English ‘fisc’ fish and ‘gere’ weir;dweller by an enclosure for catching fish.It is also a surname used by Jewish people as an occupational name,from the Yiddish,’fisher’.Jonah,in the book of the bible that bears his name,was swallowed up by a ‘great fish’.Jacob blessed his son with the words ‘veyidgu larov’,”Let them grow into a great multitude”,the verb ‘yidgu’ containing the root letters of Hebrew ‘dag’ fish.The surname dates back to the twelfth century were a Richard le Fischer is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America by English immigrants.One of the first forefathers to br… Coat of arms: Argent, a fesse wavy between three fleur-de-lis sable. …
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