Early Origins of the Flemank family
The surname Flemank was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Buscane. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
Early History of the Flemank family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flemank research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1545, 1497, 1497, 1486, 1540, 1508, 1573 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Flemank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flemank Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Flamock, Flamank, Flamoke, Flamook, Flamick, Flammick, Flammock, Flammoke, Flamanke, Flamocke, Flemocke, Flemok and many more.
Early Notables of the Flemank family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Flamank (died 1497), an English lawyer from Cornwall
who together with Michael An Gof led the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 against taxes. As a result of that action, he was executed on June 24th of... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flemank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flemank family to the New World and Oceana
An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Flemank: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Flemank Motto
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: Virtus ad astra
Motto Translation: Virtue to the sky.
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