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Where did the English Fleet family come from? What is the English Fleet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fleet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fleet family history?The ancestors of the name Fleet date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a creek, perhaps with a wood nearby. Fleet is derived from the Old English word fleot, for a rapidly rushing stream. The suffix "wood" was probably added to the name later.
Fleet has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Fleet, Fleete, Flete and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fleet research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fleet History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Fleet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the First Fleets to arrive on North American shores:
Fleet Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Fleet Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Fleet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fleet 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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