Over the past two years this blog has played host to a number of postings that have sought to provide evidence of a Flemish root for some specific Scottish families. This blog posting summarises the state of play so far. It also highlights a new addition to the list — the Wyles family — that some believe to have Flemish origins. As noted in previous blog postings, it is difficult in most cases to be definitive about assigning a Flemish root to a family. In due course it may be possible to draw on DNA analysis to provide supportive evidence of a Flemish origin for a family.
Families with Possible Flemish Roots
The list of names below has been developed over the last two years from various books pertaining to the Flemish in Scotland, from submissions by various families who believe their origins to be in Flanders, and from genealogists and other family history researchers.
Abernethy, Adie, Anstruther, Armstrong, Air(e), Ayres,
Bailey, Baird, Balliol, Bart, Barty, Beal, Beale, Beaton, Bell, Bels, Bennie, Beveridge, Binnie, Binning, Bishop, Blaw (or Blow), Bonar, Boswell, Bremner, Brodie, Browning, Bruce,
Cameron, Campbell, Cant, Clemmet, Clink, Clow, Comyn, Cornelius, Cousin, Cox, Crawfurd,
Danks, De War, Deurs, Dewar, Douglas, Dowie,
Emery (or Imrie), Enzell Erskine,
Flamang, Flamank, Flament, Flammang, Flanderensis, Flanders, Fleeming, Flement, Fleming, Flemish, Flemming, Flemyng, Flockhart, Flucker,
Frame, Frisken, Frizall, Furlong,
Gentleman, Graham, Grote,
Hally, Hamilton, Harrower, Hazeel, Hazel, Hazell, Henman, Holm, Houbron, Innes,
Junker, Justice, Kemp, Kessen, Kettle,
le Bel, Leith, Leslie, Lindsay, Lochore, Luke, Marriott, Montgomerie, Morran, Morrens, Mortimer, Murray, Mustard, Mutch,
Oliphant, Peacock, Petrie, Plender, Plenderleith, Prain, Prayne, Pren and Prenn, Preynne, Pundler,
Roche, Roy, Rutherford,
Seton, Smout, Spalding, Stein, Stewart, Stirling, Sturman, Sutherland, Swankie,
Vermont, Waddell, Weddell, Wingate, Woodall, Wyles, Younger
The most recent name to be added to the list of possible Flemish origin families is Wyles. This family is the subject of the box below.
Source Material on Surnames
The links below provide a good starting point for a study of surnames in general or Flemish origin surnames in particular.
The People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1314
England’s Immigrants, 1330-1550
The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, edited by Carole Hough
Flemings in the Fens
Flemish Influence In Britain, CD book, J. Arnold Fleming
http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/sites/default/files/samples/BRA001s.pdf (sample pages)
Searching for Flemish (Belgian) Ancestors
Online Etymonline Dictionary
http://www.etymonline.com/bio.php (search for Flemish, Fleming or Flanders, Vlaanders, etc.)
What’s in a Surname (scanned pages for Fleming Chap 3 The March)
Behind The Name – Flemish
Flemish Diversity, 2008 DNA study by Guido Deboeck
Flemish DNA & Ancestry by Guido Deboeck
Heraldry & Surname info. for Scotland
Janet Flandrensis and Alex Fleming
Janet Flandrensis’ interest in genealogy dates back to 1980. She has been an administrator of a DNA Fleming project at Ancestry.com and more recently at FTDNA. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Fleming is a co-sponsor of, and researcher in, the Scotland and the Flemish People project. He also edits this weekly blog. His email address is: email@example.com.
 http://www.ancestry.com; http://forebears.io/.