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Where did the English Flay family come from? When did the Flay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flay family history?There are several possible origins for the distinguished surname Flay. Firstly, the name may be derived from "Flée," the name of a place in the Cote-d'Or in France; in this case, the name would mean "one from Flée," and would have been brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "fleah," meaning "flea"; in this instance, it is likely that the name was bestowed on the original bearer as a nickname.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Flay, Flaye, Fleay and others.
First found in the southern counties of England. The earliest known bearer of the name was William Fleie, who was listed in the Feodarium Prioratus Dunelmensis of 1233.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flay research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1233, 1332, 1620, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Flay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Flay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Flay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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