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The roots of the Flight surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Flight surname comes from someone having 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."

Flight Early Origins



The surname Flight 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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Flight Spelling Variations


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Flight Spelling Variations



Few standards of spelling and translation existed in the Middle Ages. spelling variations, are thus, an extremely common occurrence in records of ancient Scottish names. Over the years, Flight has been spelled Flet, Flett, Fletts, Flait and others.

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Flight Early History


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Flight Early History



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

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Flight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flight Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Flight 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flight Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Flight, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Flight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Flight, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flight (post 1700)



  • Samuel A. Flight, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1910, 1912

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Flight Family Crest Products


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Flight Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. 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.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    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. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Flight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flight 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 6 October 2016 at 15:12.

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