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Surname origins Nickname
Derived from the nickname of an ancestor, describing their personality or appearance
Meaning 'A flea'
'A flying insect'
Geographic origins n/a
Language Old English
Sources Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958)
My line of the Flay family can be traced back to Walter Flay and Elizabeth Baldwin who married in the Wiltshire village of Potterne in 1736 and settled in Calne towards the middle of the 18th century. Many of the family at that time worked in the wool trade.

In the 19th century a branch of the family moved over the county border to Hampshire and settled in the village of Appleshaw before returning to Wiltshire where in 1840 my great great grandmother Rosanna was born in Devizes. In 1865 she married Frederick Parish in Woolwich in Kent. They lived in London where they had 6 (known) children.

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