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The forefathers of the Flett family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Flett surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in Flet, a place-name found in the Orkney Islands. This was probably derived from the Old Norse word flötr, which meant "stretch of arable land."

Flett Early Origins



The surname Flett was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They derived their name from the village of Flett in the parish of Delting in the Shetland Islands. The name is mentioned in the early Viking sagas, and was one of the most prominent names mentioned in those sagas.

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Flett Spelling Variations


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Flett Spelling Variations



Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Flett include Flet, Flett, Fletts, Flait and others.

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Flett Early History


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Flett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flett research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1480, 1509, 1516, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Flett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Flett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Flett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Flett or a variant listed above:

Flett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isobel Flett, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1775

Flett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Flett landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 18th century

Flett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Flett, who arrived in Canada in 1817

Flett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Flett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • Thomas Flett, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • Gilbert Flett, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • James Flett, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • John Flett, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flett (post 1700)



  • James Flett (b. 1869), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kirkwall, 1915-18
  • Sir John Smith Flett (1869-1947), Scottish geologist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1913
  • Steve Flett (b. 1972), English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his work with the band Ooberman
  • Thomas Muirhead Flett (1923-1976), English mathematician at Sheffield University
  • Keith Flett (b. 1956), British socialist historian and "self-appointed epistolary custodian of the Left" in London, United Kingdom
  • John Flett (1963-1991), British designer
  • Sir Martin Teall Flett, Director, Decca Ltd
  • Jack Flett (1871-1932), Canadian gold medalist lacrosse player at the 1904 Summer Olympics from Kildonan, Manitoba
  • William Mayer "Cowboy" Flett (1943-1999), Canadian NHL professional hockey player
  • Keith Flett (b. 1956), English socialist historian
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The Flett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flett 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 September 2016 at 19:45.

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