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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 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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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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