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Origins of the Fletcher surname

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What does the name Fletcher mean?

The Fletcher surname is English, thought to be of Anglo-Norman extraction. Fletcher is an occupational name, coming from the French 'flechier' (arrow-maker). It referred to those who added feathers to the shaft of arrows, or made and sold the arrows themselves, and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Fletcher

Fletcher, Fletchor, Flesher, Flescher, Fletchar

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Where do most Fletchers live?

In 1921, most Fletchers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Fletchers

How common is your surname?

92nd most common surname in the UK

We have 344,000 records for the Fletcher surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Fletchers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Fletcher first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Fletchers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Fletchers in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Fletchers in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




Farm Labourer


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