The earliest recorded instance of the Flemins family name show the family in Flanders
, which was located on the North Sea and was a prosperous center for the cloth industry during the Middle Ages. The name is derived from the Anglo-French word "fleming," which comes from the Old French word "flamanc," which means "a Fleming."
Early Origins of the Flemins family
The surname Flemins was first found in Lanarkshire
. "Large territories in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire
were later in possession of a family of this name. Their residence was Boghall Castle near Biggar Theobald the Fleming (Theobaldus Flamaticus) had a grant of land on the Douglas Water from the abbot of Kelso between 1147-1160. Baldwin the Fleming was sheriff of Lanark c. 1150. Jordan Fleming was taken prisoner at Alnwick along with William the Lion in 1174. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Flemins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flemins research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1126, 1362, 1341, 1320, 1363, 1382, 1372, 1567, 1619, 1606, 1630, 1694, 1660, 1716, 1633, 1701, 1663, 1713, 1690, 1698, 1700, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Flemins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flemins Spelling Variations
surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations
. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish
settlers in England
, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish
names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Fleming, Flemming, Fleeman, Flemons, Flemyng, Fleeming, Flamank, Flament, Flement and many more.
Early Notables of the Flemins family (pre 1700)
Of note in the family at this time was Thomas Fleming (c.1363-c. 1382), 2nd Earl of Wigtown
, who was forced through financial hardship to sell the earldom to Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway
and Earl of Douglas in 1372. There was a second creation of the Earldom of Wigtown, for... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flemins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flemins family to Ireland
Some of the Flemins family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flemins family to the New World and Oceana
An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Flemins or a variant listed above: Abraham Fleming, who arrived in Boston in 1635; Elizabeth Fleming, who settled in Virginia in 1650; as did Christopher Fleming in 1653; Alexander Fleming, who came to Charleston, South Carolina in 1768.