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The FISHER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 210,279 100 0.078 780
United States (1880 census) 66,832 49 0.134 1,337
Change since 1880 +143447 -51 -0.056 -557
Other Countries
Australia 11,492 89 0.070 703
United Kingdom 46,005 92 0.100 1,002
Top States for FISHER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 17,592 27 0.143 1,432
California 15,653 162 0.046 462
Ohio 13,340 49 0.118 1,175
Texas 12,427 175 0.060 596
Florida 11,763 115 0.074 736
Top States for FISHER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 17,592 27 0.143 1,432
West Virginia 2,245 68 0.124 1,241
Montana 1,101 43 0.122 1,220
Ohio 13,340 49 0.118 1,175
Indiana 7,118 51 0.117 1,171

Notes

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called FISHER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called FISHER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called FISHER in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a FISHER by picking someone at random in Pennsylvania than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of FISHER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the FISHER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the FISHER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of FISHER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 883 0.42
White (Caucasian) 177,875 84.59
Black/African American 23,719 11.28
White (Hispanic) 3,322 1.58
Mixed Race 2,986 1.42
Native American/Alaskan 1,493 0.71

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the FISHER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of FISHER in historical publications

FISHER. This seems to be a sufficiently obvious derivation from the calling of a fisherman, especially since ' fisher ' occurs in our version of the New Testament in this sense; and Leland in his Itinerary usually descriljes the smaller sea-coast places as " fischar tounes." In Domesd.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.


Similar names to FISHER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FISHER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for FISHER

The following words are slight variants of FISHER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.