Last name origins & meanings:
- English: ethnic name for someone from Flanders. In the Middle
Ages there was considerable commercial intercourse between England and
the Netherlands, particularly in the wool trade, and many Flemish
weavers and dyers settled in England. The word reflects a Norman
French form of Old French flamenc, from the stem flam- +
the Germanic suffix -ing. The surname is also common in south
and east Scotland and in Ireland, where it is sometimes found in the
Gaelicized form Pléimeann.
- German: variant of
Flemming, cognate with 1.
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