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The ancestors of the name Fleet date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Fleet Early Origins



The surname Fleet was first found in Lincolnshire at Fleet, a parish, in the union of Holbeach, hundred of Elloe, parts of Holland. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There are other villages and parishes named Fleet in Dorset and Hampshire, but this parish is the oldest as it was listed as Fleot in the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Fleet Street in London which is named after the River Fleet, London's largest underground river is probably the most famous use of the word "fleet." This street was the home of British national newspapers until the 1980s. Fleet Prison, built in 1197 was a notorious London prison adjacent to the River Fleet and was active until 1844 and later demolished in 1846. As far as the surname is concerned, the first records were listed in Lincolnshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: John de Flete; Richard de Flet; and Laurence de Flete. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Fleet Spelling Variations


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Fleet Spelling Variations



Fleet has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Fleet, Fleete, Flete and others.

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Fleet Early History


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Fleet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fleet 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 Fleet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fleet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fleet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fleet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Fleets to arrive on North American shores:

Fleet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Fleet, who landed in Virginia in 1646
  • John Fleet settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Henry Fleet, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Fra Fleet, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • George Fleet, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Fleet, who arrived in New England in 1712
  • Elizabeth Fleet settled in Maryland in 1742
  • Mary Fleet, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Benjamin Fleet settled in Virginia in 1774

Fleet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Fleet arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • Richard Fleet, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Mary Ann Fleet arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • William Fleet arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • William Fleet arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Fleet, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Harvey Fleet, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Joseph Fleet, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Sarah Fleet, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Jane Fleet, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fleet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fleet (post 1700)



  • Mary Davenport Fleet, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956
  • Joshua Fleet, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1844, 1846
  • Joshua Fleet, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County, 1823
  • John Fleet, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County, 1811-14
  • D. W. Fleet, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920
  • Clifton S. Fleet, American politician, Mayor of Tenafly, New Jersey, 1954
  • Vernon W. Von Fleet, American Republican politician, Member, Federal Trade Commission, 1922-26; chair, Federal Trade Commission, 1924-25
  • William C. Van Fleet, American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1881-83; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1888
  • Vernon W. Van Fleet, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1916
  • Henry T. Van Fleet, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1884; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1888
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fleet Historic Events


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Fleet Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John Edward  Fleet (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Fleet, aged 24, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 6

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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Fleet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fleet 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.

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