Flaxney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Flaxney 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 Flaxney family

The surname Flaxney 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 Flaxney was first referenced in the year 1221, when Richard de Flecho held estates in Warwickshire.

Early History of the Flaxney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flaxney research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1600, 1678, 1640, 1645, 1647 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Flaxney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flaxney Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Flaxney were recorded, including Fleckno, Flecknoe, Flitchmoe, Fletchmo, Flicknoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Flaxney family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Flecknoe (ca,1600-1678), an English poet and dramatist whose name was used by John Dryden as the stalking horse of his famous poem "Mac Flecknoe," a satire about Thomas Shadwell. He " is said to have been an Irishman and a Roman Catholic priest. From his own account of his travels it appears that he went abroad in 1640, and spent three or four years...
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Migration of the Flaxney family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Flaxney family emigrate to North America: George Flecknoe, who was naturalized in Indiana at the end of the 19th century.



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