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Where did the English Fleenor family come from? What is the English Fleenor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fleenor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fleenor family history?

The origins of the Fleenor name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a creek, perhaps with a wood nearby. Fleet is derived from the Old English word fleot, for a rapidly rushing stream. The suffix "wood" was probably added to the name later.


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 Fleenor were recorded, including Fleet, Fleete, Flete and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fleenor research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1648, 1712, 1692, 1688, 1689, 1692 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Fleenor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fleenor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Fleenor family emigrate to North America:

Fleenor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Creedmore Fleenor, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1910
  • James Wright Fleenor, aged 41, who emigrated to Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1920
  • James W. Fleenor, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923


  • John P. Fleenor, American still photographer, known for his work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Neighbors
  • Brigadier General Kenneth Raymond Fleenor (1929-2010), American senior officer in the United States Air Force, Base Commander of Randolph Air Force Base and later Mayor of Selma, Texas
  • Jamie Fleenor, American actor, known for Wild Horses (1985)
  • Dan Fleenor, American Hollywood stuntman, known for his work on The Daredevil (1972)
  • LeRoy Fleenor, American founder of Fleenor Paper Company in 1962


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  11. ...

The Fleenor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fleenor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 December 2014 at 11:07.

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