Fly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Fly family
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.
Early History of the Fly family
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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.
Early Notables of the Fly family (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...
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Fly migration to the United States +
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 Atlantic. 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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Fly (post 1700) +
- Mary Edith "Mollie" Fly (1847-1925), American photographer who co-founded and managed Fly's Photography Gallery in Tombstone, Arizona
- Emerson Harold "Eli" Fly (1935-2017), American academic, President of the University of Tennessee system (2001-2002)
- James Lawrence Fly (1898-1966), 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 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html