My name is John Fletcher and I am married with two daughters. I am a retired Headteacher. My interests include family history, Italian cooking, gardening, eating good food, drinking good wine and being with my family.
My name is Mark Fletcher. I am aged 45, a retired insurance clerk. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago. My interests include family history, photography and rugby.
Pete Phillips, The winner of the 2016 Fletcher Family quiz, receiving the Trophy from Sue Gibbons.
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For over two hundred years our Fletcher ancestors and many of their families have resided in Cardiff and the valley towns of South Wales. Their occupations have included canal worker, farmer and coal miner. Mark, my nephew, and I have worked together over many years to search for our common ancestors. We can trace our paternal ancestors back to 1795 when Phillip Fletcher was baptised in St. Fagan’s near Cardiff. His family descendants have spread far and wide across the world. We hope we can reach some of them through this website and form more links to our past.
The name has generally been accepted to mean a maker and seller of arrows. Initially, however, the name is from the old French word 'flecher' (or feathers). A flechier was one who shaped and fitted the flights to the shafts, which in turn had been made by the arrowsmith. Gradually the two separate trades merged and became one and the same.
Fletcher is an occupational surname (like Smith or Carpenter) referring to someone who made arrows. The name, like Smith or Carpenter, was undoubtedly adopted by any number of genealogically unrelated families of arrowmakers in different locations, so merely bearing the same name does not indicate common ancestry unless, in any given case, there is genealogical evidence to establish an actual connection. Similarly, there is no one " coat of arms” for the Fletchers since arms don't belong to a whole surname, only to individuals and their families (descendants).
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Two minutes on the Mon. and Brec. Canal: Many of our ancestors worked on the canal barges of the Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals. We hired boats on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to understand what canal travel felt like.
Mark and I are wearing our Fletcher Family Tartan scarf made in Scotland. A Fletcher was an arrowsmith or bowmaker. Fletchers followed the clans who employed them to make arrows.
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“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” L. P. Hartley, 1953