Fleetwude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Fleetwude dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Hesketh and at Little Plumpton with vast territories in that county. The place-name is derived from the Old English words fleot, which means stream and wudu which means wood.  In this case the original bearers of the surname lived in the area that was by a stream and near wood - perhaps a woodlot or forest.
Early Origins of the Fleetwude family
The surname Fleetwude was first found in Lancashire at Fleetwood, a town within the Wyre district which has a rather recent history in comparison to many of the villages that date back to the Domesday Book. However, Roman ruins in the area suggest that the location may well have been an ancient sea port.
The manor house was held by the Allen family for centuries but was ultimately sold to Thomas Fleetwood, comptroller of the Royal Mint whose son, Edmund expanded the house into Rossall Hall and these lands have remained in the Fleetwood family for 300 years since that time.
Some of the family were also found at Bispham, again in Lancashire. "This place, which is of great antiquity, is styled in Domesday Survey Biscopham. It was early a possession of the Boteler family; and in the 13th of Elizabeth, the manors of "Litle and Grete" Bispham were held by the Fleetwoods." 
Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, 1st Baronet, (1801-1866), born Peter Hesketh, an English landowner, developer and Member of Parliament, founded the town of Fleetwood-on-Wrye "on which the town is built have been for some centuries the property of [his] ancestors." 
"Irmingland Hall [in Irmingland, Norfolk] formerly belonged to the Fleetwood family, one of whom, General Fleetwood, married the daughter of Oliver Cromwell, who frequently visited this place, and issued many of his ordinances hence; one wing only remains, which is now a farmhouse." 
The legendary British musician Mick Fleetwood was born in Redruth, Cornwall and is presumed to be from a different branch of the family.
Early History of the Fleetwude family
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Fleetwude Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Fleetwude have been found, including Fleetwoode, Fleetwood and others.
Early Notables of the Fleetwude family
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Fleetwood (died after 1610), of Ealing and Cranford, Middlesex; and his son, Sir Miles Fleetwood of Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire (died 1641), an English office-holder and politician; Charles Fleetwood (1618-1692), English Parliamentary General and Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1652 to 1655; Sir George Fleetwood of Chalfont St Giles...
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Migration of the Fleetwude family to Ireland
Some of the Fleetwude family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fleetwude family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Fleetwude, or a variant listed above: Alexander Fleetwood who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; David Fleetwood settled in Virginia in 1650; Baron Gustave Fleetwood settled in New York in 1845.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quod tibi, hoc alteri
Motto Translation: That is for thee, not the other.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.