Flowerday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Flowerday family
The surname Flowerday was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history prevailed after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience dominated. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county. The origin of the name was 'fleur dieu'. 
Early History of the Flowerday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flowerday research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1606, 1455, 1487, 1586, 1552, 1569, 1577, 1579, 1571, 1573, 1571, 1172 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Flowerday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Flowerday Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Flowerday have been found, including Flowerdew, Flowerday, Flowerdue, Flourdough, Flowerdo and many more.
Early Notables of the Flowerday family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Flowerdew (d. 1586), English judge, fourth son of John Flowerdew of Hethersett, Norfolk, a large landed proprietor. "He became a member of the Inner Temple 11 Oct. 1552, and in the autumn of 1569 and Lent of 1577 was reader, and in 1579 treasurer. He obtained considerable celebrity as a lawyer in...
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Migration of the Flowerday family to Ireland
Some of the Flowerday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Flowerday migration to the United States +
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Flowerday were among those contributors:
Flowerday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Eliza Flowerday, who arrived in Virginia in 1644 
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)