The English and Scottish surname Fletcher is an occupational name for an arrowsmith, deriving from the Middle English and Old French term flech(i)er (from Old French fleche meaning ‘arrow.”) The name is first recorded in 1203 when Robert le Flecher is registered in the "Assize Rolls of Staffordshire." Later records include John Fletcher, who married Elizabeth Allen at Tettenhall, County Stafford, on December 30th 1606, and Simon Fletcher, baptised at Old Swinford, Worcester, on Sept. 10th 1659. The name. The name is first recorded in the New World in the 17th Century when Moses Fletcher was aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Today there are approximately 80,000 bearers of the name Fletcher in the US.
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