Flitwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Flitwood family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the county of Lancashire, where they held a family seat at Hesketh and at Little Plumpton with vast territories in that county. The place-name is derived from the Old English words fleot, which means stream and wudu which means wood. In this case the original bearers of the surname lived in the area that was by a stream and near wood. Perhaps a woodlot or forest.
Early Origins of the Flitwood family
The surname Flitwood was first found in Lancashire at Fleetwood, a town within the Wyre district which has a rather recent history in comparison to many of the villages that date back to the Domesday Book. However, Roman ruins in the area suggest that the location may well have been an ancient sea port.
The manor house was held by the Allen family for centuries but was ultimately sold to Thomas Fleetwood, comptroller of the Royal Mint whose son, Edmund expanded the house into Rossall Hall and these lands have remained in the Fleetwood family for 300 years since that time.
Some of the family were also found at Bispham, again in Lancashire. "This place, which is of great antiquity, is styled in Domesday Survey Biscopham. It was early a possession of the Boteler family; and in the 13th of Elizabeth, the manors of "Litle and Grete" Bispham were held by the Fleetwoods." 
Sir Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, 1st Baronet, (1801-1866), born Peter Hesketh, an English landowner, developer and Member of Parliament, founded the town of Fleetwood-on-Wrye "on which the town is built have been for some centuries the property of [his] ancestors." 
"Irmingland Hall [in Irmingland, Norfolk] formerly belonged to the Fleetwood family, one of whom, General Fleetwood, married the daughter of Oliver Cromwell, who frequently visited this place, and issued many of his ordinances hence; one wing only remains, which is now a farmhouse." 
The legendary British musician Mick Fleetwood was born in Redruth, Cornwall and is presumed to be from a different branch of the family.
Early History of the Flitwood family
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Flitwood Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Flitwood include Fleetwoode, Fleetwood and others.
Early Notables of the Flitwood family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Fleetwood (died after 1610), of Ealing and Cranford, Middlesex; and his son, Sir Miles Fleetwood of Aldwinkle, Northamptonshire (died 1641), an English office-holder and politician; Charles Fleetwood (1618-1692), English Parliamentary General and Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1652 to 1655; Sir George Fleetwood of Chalfont St Giles...
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Migration of the Flitwood family to Ireland
Some of the Flitwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Flitwood family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Flitwood or a variant listed above: Alexander Fleetwood who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; David Fleetwood settled in Virginia in 1650; Baron Gustave Fleetwood settled in New York in 1845.
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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: Quod tibi, hoc alteri
Motto Translation: That is for thee, not the other.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.