The surname Flaxnay is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It is derived from "Flecknoe," the name of a hamlet in the parish of Wolfhampcote, Warwickshire.
Early Origins of the Flaxnay family
The surname Flaxnay was first found in Warwickshire
, where the hamlet of Flecknoe is located. It is likely that the name was first borne by landowners in this region. Saxon influence in England
diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries, and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, many Saxon surnames survived, and the family name Flaxnay was first referenced in the year 1221, when Richard de Flecho held estates in Warwickshire.
Early History of the Flaxnay family
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Flaxnay Spelling Variations
Flaxnay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fleckno, Flecknoe, Flitchmoe, Fletchmo, Flicknoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Flaxnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Flaxnay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Flaxnays to arrive on North American shores: George Flecknoe, who was naturalized in Indiana at the end of the 19th century.