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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.

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The surname Flay was 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Flay, Flaye, Fleay and others.


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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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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flay Notables 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


  • Edward Flay, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Flay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Flay, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Mary Flay, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Flay, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • James Flay, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

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