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 1155 when Ralph Flot held estates at Holme in that country.
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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Flot include Float, Flote, Flott, Floate, Flotte, Floater and many more.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Flot were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Flot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Flot, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
- Mrs. S. Flot, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
- S. Flot, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
Flot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Louis A. Flot, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1924