Fling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Fling is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the personal name Flint. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Fling family

The surname Fling was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and is the name of the great Saxon Gods. The name was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Early History of the Fling family

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Fling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Fling have been found, including Flint, Flinte, Flindt, Flynt and others.

Early Notables of the Fling family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Fling family to Ireland

Some of the Fling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fling migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Fling, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Fling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Fling, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Philip Fling, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]
  • Bryan Fling, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Fling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Fling, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Kath Fling, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • William Fling, who arrived in New England in 1737 [1]
  • Michael Fling, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
  • John Fling, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Fling, who landed in America in 1808 [1]
  • Conrad Fling, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]

Canada Fling migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fling Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mary Fling, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr.WilliamFling U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 444 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
Fling Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Fling, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833

Australia Fling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Fling, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Contemporary Notables of the name Fling (post 1700) +

  • Lewis W. Fling, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 11th District, 1871-73 [3]
  • John W. Fling Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924 [3]
  • John Fling, American politician, Postmaster at Brooke Court House, Virginia, 1805-16 [3]


The Fling Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sine macula
Motto Translation: Without spot.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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