Flower History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Flower is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a beautiful person or perhaps of someone with a flowery personality. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word flur (which appears in Old English flur and flour), which meant flower. It could also be occupational; in the Middle Ages the word for flower and flour were the same, and might denote a maker of flour. This occupation usually shows up in a surname as Miller, though. Another occupation that could be indicated by this name is that of the fletcher, or maker of arrows. This is derived from the Old English word floer, from the Old English fla, which meant arrow.

Early Origins of the Flower family

The surname Flower was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Flower family

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Flower Spelling Variations

Flower has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Flower have been found, including Flowers, Flower and others.

Early Notables of the Flower family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Flower family to Ireland

Some of the Flower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flower migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Flowers to arrive on North American shores:

Flower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1606
  • Tho Flower, aged 32, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Xtopr Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [1]
  • Nicho Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [1]
  • Ann Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Flower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Edward Flower, who landed in South Carolina in 1735 [1]
  • Lenhard Flower, aged 29, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Nicholas Flower, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1757 [1]
  • Philip Flower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [1]
Flower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Flower, who arrived in New York in 1825 [1]
  • Richard W Flower, who arrived in Arkansas in 1881 [1]
  • Isaac Flower, who arrived in Mississippi in 1896 [1]

Flower migration to Australia

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

Flower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Flower, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [2]
  • William Flower, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [2]
  • James Flower, aged 40, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [3]

Flower 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:

Flower Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Truffitt Flower, aged 39, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Margaret Flower, aged 37, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Alfred Flower, aged 12, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • John Flower, aged 10, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Jane Flower, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Flower (post 1700)

  • Bonnie Flower (1954-2017), American musician, member of the American singing duo Wendy and Bonnie
  • Roswell P. Flower (1835-1899), American politician, governor of New York
  • Gilly Flower (1908-2001), English actress best remembered as the elderly Miss Abitha Tibbs in the cult BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers
  • Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), English zoologist
  • Desmond Flower, prolific Australian writer
  • Robert Flower (b. 1955), Australian rules Footballer
  • Grant Flower (b. 1970), Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Andy Flower (b. 1968), Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Marguerite Flower Hemphill, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928, 1936, 1948

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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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
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