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Where did the English Flax family come from? What is the English Flax family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flax family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flax family history?

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Flax has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Flaxman, Flexman, Flashman, Flachman, Fleshman, Flesh and many more.

First found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when William Flexman held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flax research. Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1327, 1332, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Flax History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Flax Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Flaxs to arrive on North American shores:

Flax Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Alice Flax, who landed in Virginia in 1680

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  • Ira Flax (b. 1961), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008 (speaker)


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The Flax Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flax 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.

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