Flemming History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Flemming is a name that originated amongst the industrious people of Flanders The name came to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman settlers that followed the Strongbow led invasions of 1171 and 1172.

The Flemming name is derived from the Old French word "flamanc," which means a " Flemish person" or simply a "Fleming."

Early Origins of the Flemming family

The surname Flemming was first found in the eastern Irish county of Meath. There, the family acquired considerable estates and built the Castle Slane.

In the early days there was much movement throughout what is now known as the British Isles. We note this entry for the family in Saltash, Cornwall: "This manor, which extends its jurisdiction into several parishes in Cornwall and Devonshire, belonged formerly to the ancient family of Fleming in Devonshire, Barons of Slane in Ireland. By the sons of a sister, and one of the co-heiresses of the Fleming family, it was sold in the sixteenth century to Thomas Wyvell, Esq. from whose family it passed by a female heir to the ancestor of Francis Wills, Esq. of Saltash, the present proprietor. " [1]

"It is probable that Manely Fleming [in the parish of St. Veep, Cornwall] belonged originally to the ancient family of Flemings, since they bear one common name." [1]

Early History of the Flemming family

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Early Notables of the Flemming family (pre 1700)

Of note in the family at this time was Nicholas Fleming, Archbishop of Armagh from 1404 to 1416, best known for his "Fleming's Register"; Rev. Richard Fleming, SJ (1542-1590), professor of philosophy in Paris, regarded as...
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United States Flemming migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flemming Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Flemming, who arrived in New England in 1754 [2]
  • John Flemming, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • James Flemming, aged 26, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [2]
  • Christian Flemming, who arrived in America in 1777 [2]
  • Andrew Flemming, who landed in New York, NY in 1778 [2]
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Flemming Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Flemming, who landed in America in 1805 [2]
  • Thomas Flemming, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas Flemming, aged 55, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 [2]
  • William Flemming, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • Joseph S Flemming, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821 [2]
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Canada Flemming migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flemming Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Flemming, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Richard Flemming U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
Flemming Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Flemming, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Robert Flemming, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Andrew Flemming, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Bridget Flemming, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Margaret Flemming, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
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Australia Flemming migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Flemming Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Flemming, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849 [4]
  • Catherine Flemming, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]
  • Elizabeth Flemming, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [6]
  • Elizabeth Flemming, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [7]
  • William Flemming, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
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New Zealand Flemming migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Flemming Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard John Flemming, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [8]
  • Mrs. Emma Mary Flemming, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [8]
  • Mr. George Spencer Flemming, (b. 1849), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [8]
  • Miss Emily Flemming, (b. 1846), aged 4, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [8]
  • John Flemming, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
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Contemporary Notables of the name Flemming (post 1700) +

  • William Norman "Bill" Flemming (1926-2007), American television sports journalist, one of the original announcers for the ABC Sports show Wide World of Sports (1961-1998)
  • David Braxton "Dave" Flemming (b. 1976), American sportscaster
  • Brian Flemming (b. 1966), American film director and playwright
  • Arthur Sherwood Flemming (1905-1996), United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare between 1958 to 1961 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • O. J. Flemming, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912 [9]
  • Harry H. Flemming, American Republican politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 3rd District, 1935 [9]
  • Elizabeth H. Flemming, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972 [9]
  • Edwin G. Flemming, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1935 [9]
  • Arthur Sherwood Flemming (1905-1996), American Republican politician, Member, U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1939-48 [9]
  • Arthur S. Flemming, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960 [9]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Patrick  Flemming (1858-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Joseph  Flemming (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Herbert Flemming, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Manchester, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZABETH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elizabeth.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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