Flaxman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Flaxman family

The surname Flaxman was first found in Huntingdonshire where in the year 1279 William Flexman held estates in that shire. A few years later, Richard le flexmongere was laos listed there in 1294. In Norfolk, Nicholas Flaxman was listed as holding lands there in 1332. [1]

Early History of the Flaxman family

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Flaxman 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 Flaxman family name include Flaxman, Flexman, Flashman, Flachman, Fleshman, Flesh and many more.

Early Notables of the Flaxman family (pre 1700)

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Australia Flaxman migration to Australia +

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

Flaxman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Flaxman a storeman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836 [2]
  • Charles Flaxman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Durham" in 1841 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flaxman (post 1700) +

  • John Flaxman (1755-1826), British sculptor, illustrator, and designer
  • Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (1842-1915), English archaeologist, geologist and photographer


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emma. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Emma.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COUNTESS OF DURHAM 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841CountessOfDurham.gif


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