Fish Family History

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Fish Name Meaning

English: from Middle English fische, fish ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish. Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Fisch.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Fisch, Fisk, Wish, Fash, Rish, Fass, Biss, Bish, Rush, Mish

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Fish Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fish name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fish. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • European Jewish


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Fish Family Origin

Where is the Fish family from?

Fish Family Occupations

What did your Fish ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fish. The most common Fish occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Fish's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fish family was Student.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Merchant

  • Student


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Fish ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Fish Historical Records

What Fish family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 268,000 census records available for the last name Fish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fish census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Fish. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 38,000 military records available for the last name Fish. For the veterans among your Fish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fish Life Expectancy

What is the average Fish lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Fish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Fish in 1941 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fish ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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