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Fiske Name Study

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About the Project

The Fiske Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Fiske name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Fiske name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Fiskes), by time period (18th Century Fiskes), or by topic (Fiske DNA, Fiske Occupations, Fiske Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Fiske Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Tim Perry for assistance.

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Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants

Early UK Fiske Genealogy

This Name Study was begun primarily to resolve the confusion surrounding early UK Fiske genealogy. As the Name Study grows, that aspect may become a subproject, but for now it is the entire focus of the Fiske Name Study.


Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

Research Notes

See this G2G question about early UK Fiskes.
The earliest mention I can find was when land at Dennington, Suffolk, UK. was granted back in the 1200s.
From Burke's Peerage: Grant of Armorial Bearings in 1633 to Nicholas Fiske. When granting said Arms to Nicholas Fiske in 1633, the heralds recognised that these arms were adopted by the family since the days of Daniel Fiske. The grant was not just for one individual, but for the family in perpetuity, this is an important point.


Memories: 4
Enter a personal reminiscence or story.
The 19th century Suffolk antiquarian, David Elisha Davy wrote a 43 volume manuscript work called "PEDIGREES of the families of Suffolk". This is stored at the British Library in London. More details here:


The genealogist magazine has published an index of families (see link above). I see that this includes two Fiske entries:

Fiske of Laxfield and Rattlesden Fiske of Shimpling


Have you consulted this work?

posted 26 May 2019 by Andrew Turvey   [thank Andrew]
Fiske - The Legend.

Ancestors of the Fiske family were in the Viking army, serving under Olaf Tryggvason, who fought the Battle of Maldon, Essex on 10 August 0991, defeating Earl Byrthnoth. Resulting in the first recorded payment of Danegeld, which included lands. The use of surnames was not common then, but the family thrived at Laxfield, Suffolk for about 200 years. Laxfield comes from the old name Lax, meaning Salmon, and possibly the source of the surname Fiske (Fish). That takes us to the 1200s and Studhaugh Manor.

posted 20 Jul 2017 by Tim Perry   [thank Tim]
Starting from the top, I have found a Grant of Land, signed by King John, made to Daniel Fiske, (Fiske-43) of Laxfield at Dennington, ( where Stadhaugh Manor was to be built ). Grant made by the Duke of Loraine. Document dated 1 May 1208, and held at the Public Records office, London. Also mentions Daniel's wife Adwin, and a son Gregory, or Gerard. There was another son, Hugh, born about 1250, (Fiske-42). Hugh had a son, Symon, born about 1399, (Fiske-24), who wed Susanna Smyth, (Smyth-309). Symon and Susanna had a son, William, 1425 - 1505 who wed Joan Lynne, (Lynne-1). He was buried at Laxfield. They had sons, Thomas, 1461 - . (Fiske-190), wed Anna Anstye, (Anstye-9), and Simon, who died in 1536. Simon had John, Robert, who died in 1551, and Simon, who died in 1505.

Thomas married Ann, she died in 1525, They had William, (Fiske-850), who wed Margaret Ball, (Ball-6194), Thomas, 1506 - 1559, Henry, 1507 - 1599, and a daughter Agnes.

posted 20 Jul 2017 by Tim Perry   [thank Tim]
I have found a book, original held at Cornell University Library, but fortunately online also;- "Record of Descendants of Symond Fiske, Lord of the Manor of Studhaugh, Laxfield, Suffolk, UK." Due to the style, it is somewhat confused, and many names have no dates, but it seems to be a good starting point.

I am aware that Myrtle Stevens Hyde writes in "A re-examination of the Fiske family...........". She states that, "There is absolutely no evidence he was the son of Daniel ....." Conversely, there is no evidence to the contrary, either. I am no gambling man, but looking at the circumstantial evidence;- Laxfield was a very small hamlet with a small population. The statistical chances of two unconnected families in the same small hamlet having the same name must be very minimal indeed. The fact that successive generations were born at Stadhaugh Manor, gives further weight to the argument.

It is possible that there was a generation between Daniel, 1208, and Hugh, 1250. I did find mention of Daniel's wife Adwin, and their son Gregory, or Gerard, depending upon which source. Hugh may have been a younger son, born after the document was written, or he could be son of Gregory/Gerard.

posted 20 Jul 2017 by Tim Perry   [thank Tim]
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Is the name also spelled “Fisk” I have been working on Wilbur Nathan Fisk he is a veteran of the U.S. Civil War. Does the study include alternate spellings?
posted by Andrew Simpier
Just to make it very clear, Lordship of the Manor, is a statement of ownership of said estate, it is NOT, as some have falsely assumed, a claim to aristocracy.
posted by Tim Perry
Hi Tim! Since your focus is pre-1600 UK, I created two categories for you to use to collect the profiles you want to work on - Category: Pre-1500, Fiske Name Study & Category:England, 16th Century, Fiske Name Study

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett