Flack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Flack comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a streaked or dappled element. The surname Flack originally derived from the Old English word Fleck.

Early Origins of the Flack family

The surname Flack was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Flack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flack research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1605, 1650, 1657, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Flack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flack Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Flack has undergone many spelling variations, including Fleck, Flecke, Flegg, Flack, Flacks, Flick and many more.

Early Notables of the Flack family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Flack family to Ireland

Some of the Flack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Flack migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Flack were among those contributors:

Flack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Flack, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]
  • Cotton Flack, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
Flack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ludwig Flack, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1718 [1]
  • Hans Georg Flack, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • John Flack, who settled in Virginia in 1733
  • Francis Flack, who settled in Maryland in 1739
  • Francis Flack, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Flack, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • George W Flack, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1843 [1]
  • A Marie Flack, aged 35, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Ricka Flack, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Mrs. Georg Flack, who landed in America in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Flack migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Archibald Flack U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Archibald Flack, who settled in Canada in 1797

Australia Flack migration to Australia +

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

Flack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Flack, English farm labourer who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1834 [3]
  • Sarah Flack, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]
  • William Flack, aged 42, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flack (post 1700) +

  • Sophie Flack (b. 1983), American ballerina
  • Roberta Flack (b. 1937), American Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter
  • Marjorie Flack (1897-1958), American author of children’s books
  • Layne Flack (b. 1969), American professional poker player
  • Audrey Flack (b. 1931), American painter and sculptor
  • Nelson D. Flack Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • John T. Flack, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1969-82 [6]
  • Harold E. Flack, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 20th District, 1955-68 [6]
  • David A. Flack, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Cornwall, 1897-98; U.S. Vice & Deputy Commercial Agent in Cornwall, 1905 [6]
  • Charles Flack, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [6]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Edith Flack (1891-1914), née Harrald Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Percy Flack (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Flack +

  • 4986 On the Flach (Also Flack) Family Trail by Carolyn Lindemann Overstreet.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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