Flagg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Flagg goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a streaked or dappled element. The surname Flagg originally derived from the Old English word Fleck.

Early Origins of the Flagg family

The surname Flagg 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 Flagg family

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Flagg Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Flagg family name include Fleck, Flecke, Flegg, Flack, Flacks, Flick and many more.

Early Notables of the Flagg family (pre 1700)

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Flagg Ranking

In the United States, the name Flagg is the 4,251st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Flagg family to Ireland

Some of the Flagg 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 Flagg migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Flagg or a variant listed above:

Flagg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Flagg, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Gersham Flagg, who landed in Massachusetts in 1674 [2]
Flagg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Flagg, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S Flagg, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • L Flagg, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
  • Andrew Flagg, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]
Flagg Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Alfred Flagg, who landed in California in 1901 [2]

Canada Flagg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flagg Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Doris Flagg, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Flagg (post 1700) +

  • Azariah Cutting Flagg (1790-1873), American newspaper editor and politician, Secretary of State of New York (1826–1833) and New York State Comptroller (1833–1839) and (1842-1847)
  • Wilson Falor "Bud" Flagg (1938-2001), American Naval Rear Admiral killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • Russell de Gree Flagg (1892-1980), American luthier
  • Edith Flagg (1919-2014), Romanian-born, American fashion designer
  • George Whiting Flagg (1816-1897), American painter of historical scenes and genre pictures
  • James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), American artist and illustrator, best known for his famous "I Want You" Uncle Sam recruitment poster for the U.S. Army
  • Ernest Flagg (1857-1947), American architect
  • Fannie Flagg (b. 1944), born Patricia Neal, American actress, comedienne and author
  • Bert A. Flagg, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908 [3]
  • Azariah C. Flagg, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1823-24; Secretary of State of New York, 1826-33; Postmaster at Albany, New York, 1839-41 [3]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Flagg +

  • Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors' Part In That Undertaking by Ernest Flagg.
  • The Flagg Correspondence: Selected Letters, 1816-1854 by Barbara Lawrence and Nedra Branz.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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