Fläming History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Fläming emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Fläming, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Lower Saxony. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The Fläming family originally lived in Flanders. In the Middle Ages, Flanders and other regions of the Netherlands enjoyed a considerable commercial intercourse with England, Germany and France. Consequently, many people from this region migrated to other European states.

Early Origins of the Fläming family

The surname Fläming was first found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name originates from the German word "Flame" meaning flame. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ilias Flammic in Cologne around 1135, Pilgrimus von Flemminch in Austria in 1287, Tham Flemmingen in Pomerania in 1295, Conrad Flemingen in Pomerania in 1315, Dyle zum Fleminge in Frankfurt around 1333. The variation Vlemming mainly appears in chronicles of northern cities such as Luebeck, Rostock, Stralsund, and Barth around 1300.

Important Dates for the Fläming family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fläming research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1640, 1700, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Fläming History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fläming Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fleming, Flemming, Flaminc, Vleming, Flamen, Flaehming, Flehmig, Flehmke, Flemisch, Flemmig, Flaeming, Flaemming, Fleminge, Flaemisch, Vlemming, Flammic, Flemminch, Flemmingen and many more.

Early Notables of the Fläming family (pre 1700)

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Fläming migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fläming Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Flaming, aged 16, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Dor Flaming, who settled in Maryland in 1678
  • Dor Flaming, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Fläming Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Flaming, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
Fläming Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Flaming, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1858
  • Andreas Flaming, who settled in America in 1874
  • Cath Flaming, aged 17, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]
  • David Flaming, aged 59, who landed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]
  • Elis Flaming, aged 14, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fläming migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fläming Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elisabeth Dyck Flaming, who arrived in Quebec sometime between 1874 and 1880
  • Gehart Flaming, who settled in Manitoba in 1891
  • Catherian Flaming, who settled in Manitoba in 1891

Contemporary Notables of the name Fläming (post 1700)

  • Lawayne Flaming, American Republican politician, Chair of Blaine County Republican Party, 2014 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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