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Where did the English Flinders family come from? What is the English Flinders family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flinders family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flinders family history?

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Flinders were recorded, including Flanders, Flandres, Flinders, Flindres and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1191 when Euerdai Flanders held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flinders research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1154, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Flinders History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Flinders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Flinders family emigrate to North America:

Flinders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Saml. Flinders arrived in New York in 1831

Flinders Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Janet Flinders, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"

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  • Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), English explorer


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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Flinders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flinders 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 1 March 2011 at 08:59.

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