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The surname is one of the many surnames of French origin that can be found in England. The surname Flye 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 Flye was first borne by emigrants from this region to England.

Flye Early Origins



The surname Flye was first found in Hampshire, where the ancestral home of the Flye 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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Flye Spelling Variations


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Flye 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 Fly, Flye, Flythe and others.

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Flye Early History


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Flye Early History



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

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Flye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flye 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 Flye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Flye or a variant listed above:

Flye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Flye, who arrived in Virginia in 1637

Flye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • O. L. Flye, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1892

Flye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rafael Henry Flye, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Harry Flye, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Ralph Flye, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1911
  • William Flye, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Alva Flye, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flye (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flye (post 1700)



  • Catherine Flye, American video game actress
  • George Carleton Flye (1887-1956), birth name of George Somnes, American director in the 1930s
  • Edwin Flye (1817-1886), American politician, merchant, bank president, and shipbuilder from Maine
  • William C. Flye, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1937
  • Orlando L. Flye, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Santa Marta, 1922-32
  • Louis E. Flye, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912
  • Edwin Flye (1817-1886), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1868; U.S. Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1876-77
  • Dr. M Wayne Flye, American medical doctor and professor of surgery and molecular biology at Washington University

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Flye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flye 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 17 November 2015 at 09:09.

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