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About the study
In England the surname is disbursed throughout the country but its highest concentration is in the Cumberland and Westmorland area. Early records attest to Fleming being the name of a well-known Kendal family in the reign of Elizabeth I and James I. In Scotland it is mostly located in the south â especially in the the borders counties, and particularly Dumfriesshire. It was the 76th most common name in Scotland in 1958.
German variants of the surname include Flaming, Flahming and Flehmig, there are also Dutch examples such as (Van) Vlaaderen, and Vlaming.
Quoted with permission from Your Family Tree magazine (c) 2003 Future Publishing Ltd
History of the name
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955) Scottish bacteriologist and the discoverer of penicillin.
Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908 - 1964) novelist and creator of James Bond.
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827 - 1915) surveyor, engineer, creator of telegraphic communication systems and Standard Time.
Margery Fleming (1803 - 1811) Scottish child became well known as Pet Marjorie when her poetry and journal were published in 1858.
Sir Thomas Fleming (1544 - 1567) Lord Chief Justice who sentenced Guy Fawkes.
Distribution of the name
The General Search Results appearing at the base of this page show references to the name in other member archives within the Guild ie in addition to those listed above. The results are specific to the spelling used in your search so tweaking the spelling eg adding or dropping an m will give different results.
Scotland and the Flemish People Y-DNA Project is focusing on Scottish families who believe they may have Flemish origins. Further information and results so far are available on their project website https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Flemish_in_Scotland
Fleming One-Name Study website: http://fleming.one-name.net/