Fletcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished Fletcher family finds its origin with the proud Norman people. Although the Normans came from France, they were actually of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland under their king, Stirgud the Stout, around 870. Subsequently, led by their jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 911. After Rollo laid siege to Paris, King Charles the Simple of France finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo, who became the first Duke of Normandy.

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Robert Flechier in Normady in 1198, so not all of the family emigrated to England with the Conquest. [1]

Fletcher is of the common type of surnames known as the occupational name. Such a surname would have been taken from the primary vocation of an ancestor of the bearer; in this case, one who makes arrows. [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Fletcher family

The surname Fletcher was first found in at the Forest of Hutton in Yorkshire. They were originally descended from Jean de La Fleche, a Norman noble, who was granted lands by King William. His descendant, Sir Bernard Fletcher moved north and was granted lands in Roxburghshire by King David of Scotland.

They later moved further north to Aberdeen, and became one of the first settlers in Glenorchy, and entered into a bond with the Stewarts. Although the Campbells dominated the Glenorchy region, the two clans enjoyed a relatively friendly relationship. The family also had a good relationship with the Stewarts of Apin for whom they helped recover cattle stolen by the MacDonalds.

Not all of the family moved to Scotland, as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 attest: Ralph le Fleccher and Nicholas le Flecher were listed in Lincolnshire; and Adam le Flecher and Henry le Fletcher were listed in Northamptonshire a that time. Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertus Fleger as residing there and holding lands. [2]

Important Dates for the Fletcher family

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Fletcher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fletcher, Flescher, Flegiar, Fletcheour, Fleshar, Fleggeour, Fleshour, Flager, Fledger, Fleschor, Flechyr, Flessor, Flesser, Flesher, Fleager, Flegger and many more.

Early Notables of the Fletcher family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Bernard Fletcher from Yorkshire who was the progenitor of the families of Salton and Inverpeffer branches; Giles Fletcher, the elder (c. 1548-1611), an English writer and diplomat, member of the English Parliament and was later the treasurer of St. Paul's; his son, Giles Fletcher, the younger (c. 1585-1623) was a poet in his own right; John Fletcher (1579-1625), a Jacobean playwright, he followed William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men; Christian Fletcher, Lady Abercrombie, (1619-1691) a...
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Migration of the Fletcher family to Ireland

Some of the Fletcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Fletcher migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fletcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Moses Fletcher arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620
  • Moyses Fletcher, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [4]
  • Mofes Fletcher, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [4]
  • Moses Fletcher, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [4]
  • Edward Fletcher, who settled in Virginia in 1623
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Fletcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ralph Fletcher, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [4]
  • Richard Fletcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
  • Matthew Fletcher, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [4]
  • Henry Fletcher, who landed in Georgia in 1733 [4]
  • Richard Fletcher, who arrived in America in 1764 [4]
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Fletcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Fletcher, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [4]
  • Miss Fletcher, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811 [4]
  • Patrick Fletcher, who arrived in Long Island in 1812 [4]
  • Colonel Benjamin Fletcher became Governor of the Colony of New York and Pennsylvania
  • Edward Fletcher, aged 48, who arrived in America in 1821 [4]
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Fletcher migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • J. Fletcher, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1703 [5]
  • John Fletcher, who settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1708 [5]
  • Agnes Fletcher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Fletcher held land in Northern Bay, Newfoundland before 1775 [5]
Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Fletcher, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • George Fletcher, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Benjamin Fletcher, who settled in Hermitage Cove, Newfoundland in 1834 [5]
  • Mr. Richard Fletcher, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [6]
  • Mr. Richard Fletcher, aged 22 who was a Seaman aboard the ship "Dykes" taking passenger to Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died at Grosse Isle on 7th June 1847 in the typhus epidemic [7]
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Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Fletcher, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Fletcher migration to Australia

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

Fletcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Fletcher, English convict from Derby, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Ambrose Fletcher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • John Fletcher, a weaver, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Fletcher, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • John Fletcher, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
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Fletcher 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:

Fletcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Fletcher, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Mr. Fletcher, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ennerdale" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th April 1849 [12]
  • Mrs. Fletcher, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ennerdale" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th April 1849 [12]
  • Miss Mary Fletcher, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th December 1850 [13]
  • Miss Charlotte Fletcher, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st June 1851 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fletcher (post 1700)

  • William R. Fletcher, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Joliet, Illinois, 1927-33 (acting, 1927-28) [14]
  • William E. Fletcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1944 [14]
  • William E. Fletcher Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996 [14]
  • Walter D. Fletcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1919, 1920 [14]
  • W. P. Fletcher, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1908 [14]
  • Urban C. Fletcher (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Eden, 1910 [14]
  • W. B. Fletcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1896 [14]
  • Truman Chittenden Fletcher (b. 1845), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1884; Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from St. Johnsbury, 1886 [14]
  • Tressie Fletcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960 [14]
  • Thomas H. Fletcher, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, 1827-29
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Historic Events for the Fletcher family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Victor W J Fletcher (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Southsea, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Peter Fletcher (b. 1906), Scottish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Richard George Fletcher, English Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Neville Fletcher, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frank Fletcher, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Oswald L. Fletcher, British Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William S. Fletcher, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Liscard, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. George Fletcher, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Peter W. Fletcher (d. 1912), aged 26, English Bugler Steward from Sholing, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]

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Citations

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  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)
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  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  18. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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