Some estimates suggest that up to a third of the current Scottish population may have had Flemish ancestors. These Flemish émigrés came to Scotland over a 600 year period between the 11th and 17th centuries. Many shed their continental sounding names to take on the name Fleming or its variants. Others took on different names that give little clue as to their country or region of origin.
John Irvine of the Abertay Historical Society and Alex Fleming are planning a project on the ancestry of Flemish people in Scotland, and are looking for people to share their family history stories with them. So, if your surname is included in the list below, you might like to get in touch with them. Any local historian wishing to take part in the project should contact John and Alex via Email at JohnWIrvine@aol.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
List of Scottish surnames with Flemish origins
Fleming (Flemyng, Flemeng and Flandrensis)
For the full article that offers an overview of the Flemish in Scotland, and also provides an overview of the project visit: The Flemish People in Scotland – A Family and Local History Project.