Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from one of the places called Fleet,
in Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, and Lincolnshire, or from Holt Fleet on
the Severn river in Worcestershire, all named with Old English
flēot ‘stream’ or ‘estuary’. It may also be a topographic
name from the same word used independently.
- English: nickname for a swift
runner, from Middle English flete ‘fleet’, ‘rapid’ (probably
from Old English flēotan ‘to float or glide rapidly’, and so
ultimately akin to 1).
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