The Fleetwoude name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Fleetwoude family
The surname Fleetwoude was first found in Lincolnshire
at Fleet, a parish, in the union of Holbeach, hundred
of Elloe, parts of Holland. 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
, but this parish is the oldest as it was listed as Fleot in the Domesday Book
of 1086. 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. 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)
Early History of the Fleetwoude family
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Fleetwoude Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fleetwoude has undergone many spelling variations
, including Fleet, Fleete, Flete and others.
Early Notables of the Fleetwoude family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fleetwoude family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fleetwoude were among those contributors: Benjamin Fleet who settled in Virginia in 1774; Elizabeth Fleet settled in Maryland in 1742; Elizabeth Fleet settled in Montserrat in 1685; John Fleet settled in Virginia in 1652.