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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. 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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fletcher research. Another 433 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1338, 1340, 1374, 1461, 1489, 1613, 1548, 1611, 1585, 1623, 1579, 1625, 1619, 1691, 1633, 1700, 1661, 1679, 1661, 1712, 1689, 1690, 1666, 1713, 1655, 1716, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Fletcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

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Some of the Fletcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Mofes Fletcher, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Moses Fletcher, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Edward Fletcher 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
  • Richard Fletcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Matthew Fletcher, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Henry Fletcher, who landed in Georgia in 1733
  • Richard Fletcher, who arrived in America in 1764
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Fletcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Fletcher, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Miss Fletcher, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811
  • Patrick Fletcher, who arrived in Long Island in 1812
  • Colonel Benjamin Fletcher became Governor of the Colony of New York and Pennsylvania
  • Edward Fletcher, aged 48, arrived in America in 1821
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Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • J. Fletcher settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1703
  • John Fletcher settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1708
  • Agnes Fletcher, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Fletcher held land in Northern Bay, Newfoundland before 1775

Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Fletcher, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • George Fletcher, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Benjamin Fletcher settled in Hermitage Cove, Newfoundland in 1834
  • H Fletcher, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • Joseph Fletcher, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
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Fletcher Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H Fletcher, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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
  • Ambrose Fletcher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Fletcher, a weaver, 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
  • John Fletcher, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Fletcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Fletcher landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Marion Fletcher, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Charlotte Fletcher, aged 17, a laundrymaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • Henry Fletcher, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Samuel Fletcher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
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  • Austin Barclay Fletcher (b. 1923), American diplomat who bequeathed three million dollars to fund The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
  • Frank Friday Fletcher (1855-1928), United States Navy admiral, recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of Fletcher class of destroyers
  • Thomas Clement Fletcher (1827-1899), American politician, Governor of Missouri (1865-1869)
  • Ernest Lee Fletcher (b. 1952), American politician, United States Congressman (1999-2003) and Governor of Kentucky (2003-2007)
  • Harvey Fletcher (1884-1981), American physicist
  • Louise Fletcher (b. 1934), award-winning American actress best known for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • John Gould Fletcher (1886-1950), American poet awarded the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • James Chipman Fletcher (1919-1991), American Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) twice, 1971-1977 and 1986-1989
  • Freddie Fletcher (1941-2012), Scottish politician and businessman, Provost of Inverclyde (19771981), Chief Executive of Newcastle United
  • Darren Barr Fletcher (b. 1984), Scottish footballer from Edinburgh
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Fletcher Historic Events



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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Peter Fletcher (b. 1906), Scottish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Richard George Fletcher, English Marine from Falmouth, Cornwall, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Neville Fletcher, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frank Fletcher, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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
  • Mr. George Fletcher, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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
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  • The Tackett-Fletcher Pioneers (and Supplement) by Mae Elizabeth Lang.
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Fletcher
Ffletcher, Flager, Fleager, Flechyr, Fleckeour, Flecker, Fleckiar, Fledger, Flegeour, Fleger, Fleggeour, Flegger, Fleggiar, Flegiar, Flekeour, Fleker, Flekiar, Fleschar, Flescher, Fleschor, Fleser, Fleshar, Flesher, Fleshour, Flesor, Flesser, Flessor, Fletcheour, Fletcher and more.

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Fletcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fletcher 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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