Flye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Flye family
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.
Early History of the Flye family
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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.
Early Notables of the Flye 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...
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
Flye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Flye Settlers in United States in the 20th Century