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The German surname Fleming emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Fleming, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Lower Saxony. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the von is frequently dropped from the surname. The Fleming family originally lived in Flanders. In the Middle Ages, Flanders and other regions of the Netherlands enjoyed a considerable commercial intercourse with England, Germany and France. Consequently, many people from this region migrated to other European states.

Fleming Early Origins



The surname Fleming was first found in Lower Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. The name originates from the German word "Flame" meaning flame. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ilias Flammic in Cologne around 1135, Pilgrimus von Flemminch in Austria in 1287, Tham Flemmingen in Pomerania in 1295, Conrad Flemingen in Pomerania in 1315, Dyle zum Fleminge in Frankfurt around 1333. The variation Vlemming mainly appears in chronicles of northern cities such as Luebeck, Rostock, Stralsund, and Barth around 1300.

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Fleming Spelling Variations


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Fleming Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Fleming, Flemming, Flaminc, Vleming, Flamen, Flaehming, Flehmig, Flehmke, Flemisch, Flemmig, Flaeming, Flaemming, Fleminge, Flaemisch, Vlemming, Flammic, Flemminch, Flemmingen and many more.

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Fleming Early History


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Fleming Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fleming research. Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1640, 1700, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Fleming History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fleming Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fleming Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fleming Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Fleming, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1616
  • Richard Fleming settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham Fleming arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Abram Fleming, aged 40, landed in New England in 1635
  • Elizabeth Fleming settled in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleming Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alex Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Ja Fleming, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Martha Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Fleming, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Lawrence Fleming, who arrived in Virginia in 1730
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleming Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Fleming, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Helen Fleming, who arrived in Georgia in 1806
  • Beatrice Fleming emigrated from Scotland to Georgia in 1806
  • Beatrice Fleming, who arrived in Georgia in 1806
  • John B Fleming, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleming Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Fleming, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. James Fleming U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fleming Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Fleming, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • James Fleming, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Mary Fleming, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • Charles Fleming, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Margaret Fleming, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleming Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Fleming, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Ann Fleming arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • William Thomas Fleming arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  • Elizabeth Elicia Fleming arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  • Bridget Fleming arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thirteen" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fleming Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Fleming landed in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • S. Fleming arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • George Fleming arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853
  • William Fleming arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • W. Fleming arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fleming (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fleming (post 1700)



  • Martin Brendan Fleming (1926-2016), American politician, Mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts from 1982 to 1984
  • Major-General Raymond Hartwell Fleming (1889-1974), American Adjutant-General of Louisiana (1960-1964)
  • Major-General Philip Bracken Fleming (1887-1955), American Under-Secretary of Commerce (1950-1951)
  • Peggy Gale Fleming (b. 1948), American figure skater who won five U.S. titles, three World titles and the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France
  • Captain Richard E. Fleming (1917-1942), United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in World War II during the Battle of Midway
  • Don Fleming (1937-1963), American football safety
  • Renée Fleming (b. 1959), American operatic soprano acclaimed by the press as "one of the truly magnificent voices of our time"
  • James Phillip Fleming (b. 1943), American military pilot in the Vietnam War awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing a 6-man Green Beret unit stranded within heavy enemy positions
  • Williamina Paton Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), American (Scottish born) astronomer made an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, the first American woman to be so elected
  • Wayne Fleming (1950-2013), Canadian assistant NHL ice hockey coach for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, and Tampa Bay Lightning
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fleming Historic Events


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Fleming Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Wilfred Stafford Fleming (1909-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ian Fleming (b. 1908), British Lieutenant, who trained on board the HMS Repulse in WW1 had an illustrious career and went on to create "James Bond"

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Honora "Nora" Fleming (d. 1912), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowskehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Margaret Fleming, aged 42, American First Class passenger from Haverford, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4

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Suggested Readings for the name Fleming


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Suggested Readings for the name Fleming



  • Hamilton, Mullins, Fleming, and Related Lines (of Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee) by Verle Hamilton Parrish.
  • Let the Deed Show: A Pictorial and Historical Record of the Fleming, Edwards and Woods Families Dating from 1700's to 1980 by James R. Fleming.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THIRTEEN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Thirteen.gif

Other References

  1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Fleming Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fleming 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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