Flint History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the name Flint are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived 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, sunu and sune, 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 or son 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 Flint family

The surname Flint 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 of 1086.

Important Dates for the Flint family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flint research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1300, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Flint History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flint Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Flint family name include Flint, Flinte, Flindt, Flynt and others.

Early Notables of the Flint family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Flint family to Ireland

Some of the Flint family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flint migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Flint surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Flint Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Flint, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Mary Flint, who landed in Virginia in 1628 [1]
  • Mrs. Thomas Flint, who landed in Virginia in 1628 [1]
  • Thomas Flint, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Henry Flint, who arrived in Boston in 1635
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Flint Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Flint, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • David Flint, who arrived in Virginia in 1744
Flint Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Flint, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1800 [1]
  • James Flint, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1831 [1]
  • George Flint, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Joseph Flint, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • E P Flint, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
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Flint migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Flint Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Flint, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [2]
  • Ellen Flint, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [3]
  • Daniel Flint, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [4]
  • Elizabeth Flint, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [4]
  • James Flint, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flint migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Flint Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Susan Flint, (b. 1769), aged 87, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd July 1856 [6]
  • Mr. George Flint, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand heading for Wellington on 16th April 1857 [7]
  • Mr. James Flint, (b. 1808), aged 50, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Flint, (b. 1808), aged 50, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [7]
  • Miss Sarah Flint, (b. 1836), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Flint (post 1700)

  • Mitchell Flint (1923-2017), American lawyer and U.S. Navy Fighter pilot during World War II
  • Timothy Flint (1780-1840), American author
  • Roland Henry Flint (1934-2001), American poet, and professor of English at Georgetown University
  • Sam Flint (1882-1980), American actor
  • Austin Flint (1812-1886), American physician and Professor of medicine
  • Frank Putnam Flint (1862-1929), American politician and banker, U.S. Senator from California (1905-1911)
  • Edward Sherrill Flint (1819-1902), American politician, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1861-63 [8]
  • Dutee Wilcox Flint, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1920; Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1920 [8]
  • Doris M. Flint, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1948, 1952; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1949 [8]
  • Clinton M. Flint, American politician, Mayor of Freeport, New York, 1927-31, 1943-44; Defeated, 1931; Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [8]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Flint family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sydney G Flint (b. 1905), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Willesden, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Eric Morgan Flint (b. 1913), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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