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Early Origins of the Flamank family

The surname Flamank was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Buscane.

"The barton of Bocarne or Boscarne, in this parish, has for several centuries been the property of the ancient and respectable family of Flamank, some branches of which have resided on it at least seven generations before the days of Barnard Flamank, who died in 1656. It is known to have been in the possession of this family, about seven generations prior to the days of Thomas Flamank, or Flammock, who raised the standard of rebellion in the year 1496. Both Hals and Lysons concur in the opinion, that the Flamanks of Boscarne are the lineal descendants of Mark de Flamank, who lived in the reign of Henry II. about the year 1160. But as Thomas Flamank, who was engaged in the rebellion, left no male issue, it is demonstrable that the Flamanks now living, must have descended from some other branch of the general stock; and this was most probably from John, who was the younger brother of Thomas. and this was most probably from John, who was the younger brother of Thomas. Boscarne is at present the property of William Flamank, D. D. who is the representative of this ancient family, and who resides occasionally at this seat of his ancestors, although the mansion is in the general occupation of a farmer." [1]

"Gonronson, [in the parish of St. Enoder] which had been for a considerable time a seat of some younger branches of the Flamank family, was purchased of them by Hawkins." [1]

Early History of the Flamank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flamank research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1545, 1497, 1497, 1486, 1540, 1508, 1573 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Flamank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flamank Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Flamock, Flamank, Flamoke, Flamook, Flamick, Flammick, Flammock, Flammoke, Flamanke, Flamocke, Flemocke, Flemok and many more.

Early Notables of the Flamank family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Flamank (died 1497), an English lawyer from Cornwall, England who together with Michael An Gof led the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 against taxes. As a result of that action, he was executed on June 24th of...
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Australia Flamank migration to Australia +

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

Flamank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Flamank, (b. 1883), aged 20, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 16th August 1899 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flamank (post 1700) +

  • George H. Flamank (1904-1987), American football and basketball player and coach
  • Marie-Louise Flamank, American actress in Hollywood
  • Air Vice Marshal Stanley Flamank Vincent CB, DFC, AFC, DL (1897-1976), English pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and later a senior commander in the Royal Air Force (RAF)

The Flamank 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: Virtus ad astra
Motto Translation: Virtue to the sky.

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook