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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.

Flower Early Origins



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.

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Flower Spelling Variations


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Flower Spelling Variations



Flower has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Flowers, Flower and others.

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Flower Early History


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Flower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flower research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1300, 1367, 1379, and 1400 are included under the topic Early Flower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Flower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flower Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Flower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Flower In Ireland


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Flower In Ireland



Some of the Flower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 landed in Virginia in 1606
  • Tho Flower, aged 32, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Xtopr Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Nicho Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Ann Flower, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (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
  • Lenhard Flower, aged 29, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Nicholas Flower, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1757
  • Philip Flower, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Flower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Flower, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Richard W Flower, who arrived in Arkansas in 1881
  • Isaac Flower, who arrived in Mississippi in 1896

Flower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Flower, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"
  • William Flower, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia"
  • James Flower, aged 40, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"

Flower Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flower (post 1700)



  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Flower


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Suggested Readings for the name Flower



  • 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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Flower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flower Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 August 2015 at 20:37.

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