Origin of the Name Fleetwood
The ancient history of the name Fleetwood
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Fleetwood is of locality origin and is taken from the town and port found in County Lancashire. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are an Elizabeth Fleetwood of Rossall and a Richard Fleetwood of Preston who were both recorded in the 'Lancashire Wills at Richmond', England , in the year seventeenth century. A William Fleetwood of Kirby was recorded in the 'Wills at Chester' in the year 1607.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
The earliest bearer of the name Fleetwood in Ireland was a 'Munster Adventurer' who was granted 12,00 acres of land in Counties Waterford anc Cork in the year 1587. Later settlers of the name were associated with Counties Meath and Kildare with some of their descendants later becoming both Catholic and nationalist.
The Fleetwood coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Fleetwood descendants.