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Where did the Scottish Fletcher family come from? What is the Scottish Fletcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fletcher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fletcher family history?

The distinguished Fletcher family finds its origin with the proud Norman people. Although the Normans came from France, they were actually of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland under their king, Stirgud the Stout, around 870. Subsequently, led by their jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 911. After Rollo laid siege to Paris, King Charles the Simple of France finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo, who became the first Duke of Normandy. Fletcher is of the common type of surnames known as the occupational name. Such a surname would have been taken from the primary vocation of an ancestor of the bearer; in this case, one who makes arrows.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Fletcher, Flescher, Flegiar, Fletcheour, Fleshar, Fleggeour, Fleshour, Flager, Fledger, Fleschor, Flechyr, Flessor, Flesser, Flesher, Fleager, Flegger and many more.

First found in at the Forest of Hutton in Yorkshire. They were originally descended from Jean de La Fleche, a Norman noble, who was granted lands by King William. His descendant, Sir Bernard Fletcher moved north and was granted lands in Roxburghshire by King David of Scotland. They later moved further north to Aberdeen, and became one of the first settlers in Glenorchy, and entered into a bond with the Stewarts. Although the Campbells dominated the Glenorchy region, the two clans enjoyed a relatively friendly relationship. The family also had a good relationship with the Stewarts of Apin for whom they helped recover cattle stolen by the MacDonalds.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fletcher research. Another 433 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1338, 1340, 1374, 1461, 1489, 1613, 1548, 1611, 1585, 1623, 1579, 1625, 1619, 1691, 1633, 1700, 1661, 1679, 1661, 1712, 1689, 1690, 1666, 1713, 1655, 1716, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Fletcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 329 words(24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fletcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Fletcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Colonel Benjamin Fletcher became Governor of the Colony of New York and Pennsylvania

Fletcher Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Moses Fletcher arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • Moyses Fletcher, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Mofes Fletcher, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Moses Fletcher, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Edward Fletcher settled in Virginia in 1623

Fletcher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Ralph Fletcher, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Richd Fletcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Matthew Fletcher, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Henry Fletcher, who landed in Georgia in 1733
  • Richard Fletcher, who arrived in America in 1764

Fletcher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Fletcher, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Miss Fletcher, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811
  • Patrick Fletcher, who arrived in Long Island in 1812
  • Edwd Fletcher, aged 48, arrived in America in 1821
  • Job Fletcher, who landed in New York, NY in 1835


  • James Chipman Fletcher (1919-1991), American Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) twice, 1971-1977 and 1986-1989
  • John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950), American poet awarded the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Thomas Clement Fletcher (1827-1899), American politician, Governor of Missouri (1865-1869)
  • Louise Fletcher (b. 1934), award-winning American actress best known for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981), American physicist
  • Ernest Lee Fletcher (b. 1952), American politician, United States Congressman (1999-2003) and Governor of Kentucky (2003-2007)
  • Frank Friday Fletcher (1855-1928), United States Navy admiral, recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of Fletcher class of destroyers
  • Austin Barclay Fletcher (b. 1923), American diplomat who bequeathed three million dollars to fund The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
  • Darren Barr Fletcher (b. 1984), Scottish footballer from Edinburgh
  • Freddie Fletcher (1941-2012), Scottish politician and businessman, Provost of Inverclyde (19771981), Chief Executive of Newcastle United



  • The Tackett-Fletcher Pioneers (and Supplement) by Mae Elizabeth Lang.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Fletcher
Ffletcher, Flager, Fleager, Flechyr, Fleckeour, Flecker, Fleckiar, Fledger, Flegeour, Fleger, Fleggeour, Flegger, Fleggiar, Flegiar, Flekeour, Fleker, Flekiar, Fleschar, Flescher, Fleschor, Fleser, Fleshar, Flesher, Fleshour, Flesor, Flesser, Flessor, Fletcheour, Fletcher and more.


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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  11. ...

The Fletcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fletcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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