The surname of FLINT was a baptismal name 'the son of Flinte'. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth. Early records of the name mention Alwin Flint, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Jacobus Flint was documented in County Buckinghamshire in the year 1273. Willelmus Flynt of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The name is also spelt Flindt. A notable member of the name included Frank Stuart FLINT (1885-1960) the English poet and translator, he was born in London. A civil servant in the ministry of labour, he joined the Imagist movement and published lyric poetry, In The Net Of The Stars (1909), Cadences (1915) and Otherworld (1920). A brilliant linguist, he also produced many translations. An interesting member of the name was Sir William Russell FLINT (1880-1969) was a Scottish painter and illustrator, he was born in Edinburgh. He settled in London in 1900 where he painted many watercolours to illustrate books and paintings of Scottish and foreign subjects. He wrote Models of Propriety (1951).
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