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Early Origins of the Flowerdoe family

The surname Flowerdoe 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 Flowerdoe family

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

Flowerdoe Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Flowerdew, Flowerday, Flowerdue, Flourdough, Flowerdo and many more.

Early Notables of the Flowerdoe 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 Flowerdoe family to Ireland

Some of the Flowerdoe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Flowerdoe family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Flowerdoe or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  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) on Facebook