Derived from the nickname of an ancestor, describing their personality
'A flying insect'
& Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 1958)
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 Kent. They lived in London where they had 6 (known) children.