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.
Early Origins of the Flay family
England. The earliest known bearer of the name was William Fleie, who was listed in the Feodarium Prioratus Dunelmensis of 1233.
Early History of the Flay family
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Flay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Flay, Flaye, Fleay and others.
Early Notables of the Flay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Flay family to the New World and Oceana
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