The Fletcher Clan
"Seek For The Right Things"
Coat of Arms
William Fletcher 1710
Scarborough Castle, Yorkshire, England
FLETCHER - An English surname. 1350-1400; Middle English fleccher < old French flechier, fleche -er. An occupational name for an arrowsmith; Fletcher, Flechere, MacInleister, Flecher, Flechier, Flecher.
“Fletcher comes from an English surname with roots in the word “flechier,” a common term for one who made arrows or one who sold arrows. Arrows, of course, were the popular hunting and war weapon before and during the initial use of gunpowder. The word flechier comes from the word “fleche” meaning “arrow.” Although its roots are at least to 1330, it is believed to have existed as a surname attested from 1203.”
The name Fletcher is normally associated with arrow making; however, this is not always an acceptable explanation, the Fletcher being responsible for the equipping of the bowman, a medieval supply officer.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert le Flecher, which was dated 1203, in the "Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation.