Flowerdew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Flowerdew family

The surname Flowerdew 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'. [1]

Early History of the Flowerdew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flowerdew 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 Flowerdew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Flowerdew Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Flowerdew has been recorded under many different variations, including Flowerdew, Flowerday, Flowerdue, Flourdough, Flowerdo and many more.

Early Notables of the Flowerdew 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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Ireland Migration of the Flowerdew family to Ireland

Some of the Flowerdew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Flowerdew migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Flowerdews were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Flowerdew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Flowerdew, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flowerdew (post 1700) +

  • Bob Flowerdew, Britain's leading organic gardener
  • Lieutenant Gordon Muriel Flowerdew (1885-1918), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM). (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Gordon Flowerdew. Retrieved from http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=38211


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