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. [1]

Early Origins of the Flower family

The surname Flower was first found in Devon where John le Floer and William Floere were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

"The London Directory exhibits more than a quarter of a hundred of traders bearing this beautiful surname." [3]

Early History of the Flower family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flower research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1300, 1379, 1367, 1400, 1428, 1386, 1387, 1498, 1588, 1498, 1658, 1624, 1674 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Flower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Notables of the family at this time include Roger Flower (d. 1428?), Speaker of the House of Commons, son of William Flower, Sheriff of Rutland in 1386-1387. William Flower (1498?-1588), was Norroy king of arms, born at York about 1498 and was...
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Ireland 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.


United States 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 [4]
  • Xtopr Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • Nicho Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • Ann Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [4]
  • ... (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 [4]
  • Lenhard Flower, aged 29, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [4]
  • Nicholas Flower, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1757 [4]
  • Philip Flower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [4]
Flower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Flower, who arrived in New York in 1825 [4]
  • Richard W Flower, who arrived in Arkansas in 1881 [4]
  • Isaac Flower, who arrived in Mississippi in 1896 [4]

Australia 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
  • Mr. Samuel Flower, Welsh convict who was convicted in Brecon, Powys, Wales for life, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Flower, English toy maker who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [6]
  • John Flower, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [7]
  • William Flower, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [7]
  • James Flower, aged 40, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [8]

New Zealand 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
  • Eliza Flower (1803-1846), English musical composer, elder daughter of Benjamin Flower, born at Harlow, Essex, 19 April 1803
  • Edward Fordham Flower (1805-1883), English author, younger son of Richard Flower, a brewer, banker, agriculturist, and breeder of sheep, was born at Marden Hall, Hertfordshire, on 31 Jan. 1805 [9]
  • Benjamin Flower (1755-1829), English political writer, born in London in 1755, was the son of a prosperous tradesman, to a share of whose business he succeeded, uncle of Edward Fordham Flower [9]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Flower +

  • 513 Flowers Chronicles: Studies of Captain John Flower, II (1595-1657), Mariner of London, Bermuda and Virginia and Some of His Descendants in the American South by Pugh B. Flowers.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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