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The surname is one of the many surnames of French origin that can be found in England. The surname Fly is derived from "Flageum," a French village named for Flavius, the owner of an estate in the region. This village eventually became known as "Flagi" (pronounced "flah-hee"). The surname Fly was first borne by emigrants from this region to England.

Fly Early Origins



The surname Fly was first found in Hampshire, where the ancestral home of the Fly family is thought to be located. The name was first borne by brothers known as "de Flagi" who had immigrated from the region of Flagi in France.

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Fly Spelling Variations


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Fly Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fly, Flye, Flythe and others.

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Fly Early History


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Fly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fly research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1160 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Fly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Captain William Fly (d. 1726), who became a pirate after leading a mutiny on a slave ship, killing the captain and renaming the ship "Fame's Revenge." He plundered several ships along the coast of New England and...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fly or a variant listed above:

Fly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Fly, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Thomas Fly, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • John Fly, who landed in New England in 1698

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fly (post 1700)



  • James Lawrence Fly (b. 1898), American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Communications Commission, 1939-44; Chair, Federal Communications Commission, 1939-44
  • Eugene Fly, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Mississippi, 1941-51
  • Clarence S. Fly, American politician, Mayor of Webb City, Missouri, 1953-54
  • James Lawrence Fly (1898-1966), well-known American lawyer

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Fly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fly 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 12 December 2016 at 22:27.

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