Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
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Contact: Ms Carol Flux
The FLUX One-Name study officially commenced in 2009 when I joined the Guild of One-Name Studies and registered the surname. However it stems from over 30 years of research I have made into the Isle of Wight FLUX family, trying to trace my family history. As well as the FLUXs who lived and stemmed from the Isle of Wight, I became aware of other families in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. This led me to start collecting details of all the FLUXs world-wide, in an attempt to reconstruct the families and perhaps discover their origin.
The FLUX One-Name study is, and always be, unfinished. So far I have concentrated on the English FLUXs, and have tried to track their descendents who emigrated. I am pleased to hear from anyone who is researching the FLUX surname, and am very grateful for any information or photographs that are sent to me.
Please visit my website (with searchable database) at https://flux.one-name.net/
There are a number of suggestions regarding the derivation of the FLUX name.
The surname database records the following:
Last name: Flux
This interesting and unusual surname is derived from the Old Norse personal name 'Floki', which was originally a byname meaning outspoken or enterprising; the name may have been given to a latter-day entrepreneur. This is one of the many Scandinavian names to have survived into modern surnames; other such names are Lawman, from the Old Danish 'Lag(h)man', Coleman, from 'Kalman', Swain, from 'Sueinn', and Drummond, from 'Dromundr'. The name development since 1609 (see below) includes the following: Joseph Floox (1694, London); Joseph Flukes (1787, London); John Flooks (1797, London); and Charles Fluck (1829, London). The modern surname can be found as Flook, Fluck, Flooks, Flucks and Flux. Among the recordings from London Church Registers are the marriage of John Flook and Anne Runacres on July 23rd 1749, at St. George's, Mayfair, Westminster, and the christening of George, son of Job and Ann Flook, on January 28th 1838, at St. Mary's Whitechapel Stepney, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Agnes Flooke, which was dated November 24th 1609, marriage to William Huffe, at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625
Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/flux#ixzz1rvQIks88
One suggests it is Belgian Flemish, suggest thats the FLUXs were pirates and yet another suggests that there is a French origin.
Perhaps the most famous is Sir Alfred William FLUX.
Alfred Flux was born in the Landport district of Portsmouth in 1867, the son of a cement maker. He attended Portsmouth Grammar School then studied mathematics at St John's College, Cambridge where he was a Senior Wrangler in 1887 (sharing the honour in a tie with three others). While at Cambridge he became friends with Alfred Marshall, who interested him in economics. He was a foundation member of the Economic Society (1890), and from 1893 until 1908 taught economics, at Manchester and then at McGill University, Montreal. In 1897 while in Manchester he married Harriet Emily Hansen, a Danish woman.
Alfred Flux returned to London in 1908 to take up a post as advisor to the Commercial, Labour and Statistics Department. In 1918, he was appointed Head of the Statistics Department of the Board of Trade. The Royal Statistical Society awarded him the Guy Medal in Silver in 1921 and in Gold in 1930. He also served as President of the Society between 1928 and 1930.
Alfred Flux retired to Denmark in 1932 and was knighted in 1934. He died of pneumonia in 1942, aged 75. (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press)
There are several FLUXs who had interesting lives and I will gradually add these to this website.
My database includes over 2700 individuals.
Public profiler (http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/) says that in 1881 there were 464 instances of the surname on the English census, making it the 7023 most popular name. By 1998 they find 418 occurences, and it drops to 10122 in popularity.
My website includes 4500 individuals, 82% of whom are deceased. These are people either born as a FLUX, or marrying into the family. There are a number FLUX families from European countries and i haven't attempted to include these.
Where possible, and with permissions, I have collected photographs of individuals.
The average age at death is 65 years and 150 days, although one lady on the Isle of Wight, Sarah Ann Flux lived to the grand old age of 105 years. The earliest birth i have recorded is for John Flooks in 1658.
My DNA profile has been loaded to Ancestry and Gedmatch.
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