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Where did the German Fleming family come from? What is the German Fleming family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fleming family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fleming family history?The German surname Fleming emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Fleming, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Lower Saxony. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The Fleming family originally lived in Flanders. In the Middle Ages, Flanders and other regions of the Netherlands enjoyed a considerable commercial intercourse with England, Germany and France. Consequently, many people from this region migrated to other European states.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fleming, Flemming, Flaminc, Vleming, Flamen, Flaehming, Flehmig, Flehmke, Flemisch, Flemmig, Flaeming, Flaemming, Fleminge, Flaemisch, Vlemming, Flammic, Flemminch, Flemmingen and many more.
First found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name originates from the German word "Flame" meaning flame. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ilias Flammic in Cologne around 1135, Pilgrimus von Flemminch in Austria in 1287, Tham Flemmingen in Pomerania in 1295, Conrad Flemingen in Pomerania in 1315, Dyle zum Fleminge in Frankfurt around 1333. The variation Vlemming mainly appears in chronicles of northern cities such as Luebeck, Rostock, Stralsund, and Barth around 1300.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fleming research. Another 487 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1640, 1700, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Fleming History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Fleming Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fleming Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Fleming, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1616
- Richard Fleming settled in Virginia in 1635
- Abraham Fleming arrived in Boston in 1635
- Abram Fleming, aged 40, landed in New England in 1635
- Elizabeth Fleming settled in Virginia in 1650
Fleming Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Alex Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- Ja Fleming, who landed in Virginia in 1705
- Martha Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Joseph Fleming, who arrived in New England in 1718
- Lawrence Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1730
Fleming Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Margt Fleming, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- Helen Fleming, who arrived in Georgia in 1806
- Beatrice Fleming emigrated from Scotland to Georgia in 1806
- Beatrice Fleming, who arrived in Georgia in 1806
- John B Fleming, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
- Peggy Gale Fleming (b. 1948), American figure skater who won five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France
- Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), American (Scottish born) astronomer made an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the first American woman to be so elected
- James Phillip Fleming (b. 1943), American military pilot in the Vietnam War awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing a 6-man Green Beret unit stranded within heavy enemy positions
- Captain Richard E. Fleming (1917-1942), United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War II during the Battle of Midway
- Don Fleming (1937-1963), American football safety
- Renée Fleming (b. 1959), American operatic soprano acclaimed by the press as "one of the truly magnificent voices of our time"
- Major-General Philip Bracken Fleming (1887-1955), American Under-Secretary of Commerce (1950-1951)
- Major-General Raymond Hartwell Fleming (1889-1974), American Adjutant-General of Louisiana (1960-1964)
- Rt. Rev. William Launcelot Scott Fleming (b. 1906), renowned British ecclesiastic and explorer. His expeditions took him to Iceland, Spitzbergen, and the Antarctic
- Sir Sanford Fleming (1827-1915), Canadian engineer and inventor, best known for introducing Universal Standard Time and the 24 hour clock to the world
- Hamilton, Mullins, Fleming, and Related Lines (of Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee) by Verle Hamilton Parrish.
- Let the Deed Show: A Pictorial and Historical Record of the Fleming, Edwards and Woods Families Dating from 1700's to 1980 by James R. Fleming.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
- Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
- Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
- Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
- Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
- Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
- Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
The Fleming Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fleming 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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