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The roots of the Flight surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Flight surname comes from someone having lived in Flet, a place-name found in the Orkney Islands. This was probably derived from the Old Norse word flötr, which meant "stretch of arable land."

Flight Early Origins



The surname Flight was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They derived their name from the village of Flett in the parish of Delting in the Shetland Islands. The name is mentioned in the early Viking sagas, and was one of the most prominent names mentioned in those sagas.

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Flight Early History


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Flight Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flight research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1480, 1509, 1516, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Flight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Flight Spelling Variations


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Flight Spelling Variations



Few standards of spelling and translation existed in the Middle Ages. spelling variations, are thus, an extremely common occurrence in records of ancient Scottish names. Over the years, Flight has been spelled Flet, Flett, Fletts, Flait and others.

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Flight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flight Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Flight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flight Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Flight, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Flight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Flight, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flight (post 1700)



  • Samuel A. Flight, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1910, 1912 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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