The name Flinchum is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the personal name Flint.
In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Flinchum family
The surname Flinchum was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and is the name of the great Saxon Gods. The name was recorded in the Domesday Book
Early History of the Flinchum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flinchum research.Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1300, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Flinchum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flinchum Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Flinchum has been spelled many different ways, including Flint, Flinte, Flindt, Flynt and others.
Early Notables of the Flinchum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Flinchum family to Ireland
Some of the Flinchum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 102 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Flinchum family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Flinchums to arrive in North America: Thomas Flint, who arrived in Virginia in 1618, two years before the "Mayflower"; Henry Flint, who arrived in Boston in 1635; Thomas Flint who landed in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1642.
The Flinchum Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sine macula
Motto Translation: Without spot.