Show ContentsFlattery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Flattery has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as O Flaithfhileadh, or Ó Flaithre which means prince poet. [1]

Early Origins of the Flattery family

The surname Flattery was first found in County Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Flattery family

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Flattery Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Flattery. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Flattery, Flatley and others.

Early Notables of the Flattery family (pre 1700)

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United States Flattery migration to the United States +

The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Flattery or one of its variants:

Flattery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Flattery, aged 23, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [2]
  • James Flattery, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Thomas Flattery, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1864 [2]

Canada Flattery migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flattery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joanna Flattery, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839

New Zealand Flattery migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Flattery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Julia Flattery, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flattery (post 1700) +

  • Tim Flattery, American two-time Art Directors Guild Award nominated artist, known for his work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Tomorrowland (2015) and Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
  • Wilson Immel "Willie" Flattery (1904-1957), American professional football player who played during the 1925 and 1926 season for the Canton Bulldogs
  • John A. Flattery, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1894-97 [4]
  • Paul Flattery, English Primetime Emmy Award nominated two-time CableACE Award winning producer and writer from Liverpool, known for his work on Live 8(2005), iHeartRadio Music Festival Las Vegas: Night Two (2017)

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook