Origin of the Name Fletcher
The origin of the name Fletcher
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Fletcher is an occupational name meaning 'arrow maker', a very important trade in early times. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Ralf le Fleccher, England , who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', in the year 1273 and a John Flechyr who held a burgage in Roxburgh, Scotland , in the year 1338. In the year 1464, they petitioned the Commons to have restored to them the use of the timber called 'Aspe', so they could monopolize the arrow making industry. A Robertus Fleger was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379 and a Johannes Fleccher was recorded in the same ancient document in the fourteenth century. Most of the Irish Fletchers are of Scottish origin, the Scottish MacAnLeastair being anglicized as 'Fletcher' and 'Lister'.
The Fletcher 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 Fletcher descendants.