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Quick Facts on Fletcher

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 790
Simple meaning:
People’s army; Arrow-maker

Characteristics of Fletcher

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Fletcher

Fletcher is the transferred use of an English surname of two possible origins. In one case it’s thought to be derived from an ancient Germanic personal name “Fulcher” from the elements “folk” meaning “people” and “heri” meaning “army” (in which case Fletcher means “the peoples’ army”). On the other hand, Fletcher is also believed to have originated as an occupational name, from the Old French “flechier” meaning “maker of arrows”. In this case, the Fletcher would have been responsible for equipping the bowman with his arrows (a medieval version of a supply officer). The first recorded evidence of this surname appeared in the early 13th century and rendered as “le Flecher” in Staffordshire (West Midlands). As a given name, this old surname was famously borne by a seafaring Englishman Fletcher Christian (1764-1793), probably the most notorious mutineer of a ship (The Bounty) that ever lived. For more information, see Historical References below. Today this name is most popular in New Zealand (a Top 100 favorite boy’s name, in fact) – not surprisingly because the Mutiny on the Bounty took place very close to New Zealand back in the 18th century. Fletcher is also used with mild frequency in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Fletcher

Fletcher is one of those surnames-turned-first names that has had a long history of usage in the United States. It dates back to at least the late 19th century and was bestowed on baby boys with impressive moderation. Although Fletcher has never achieved even a Top 200 status, the name was not altogether uncommon at the turn of last century. However, as the decades progressed the name slowly and methodically fell from fashion until it finally disappeared from the charts in 1972. During the 20th century there were several movies made which were inspired by the events of the Bounty’s mutiny and the power struggle between Captain William Bligh and his master mate Fletcher Christian. This helped keep the name Fletcher fresh in the minds of several generations. In 1935 Chares Laughton played Bligh and Clark Gable played Fletcher Christian. In 1962 came a film starring Trevor Howard as Bligh and Marlon Brando as Christian. Lastly, in 1984 Anthony Hopkins portrayed Bligh and Mel Gibson reprised the role of Fletcher Christian. Swashbuckling, handsome, rebellious and quite the Tahitian ladies’ man, Fletcher Christian entered the minds and imaginations of American audiences. Adding a dose of pop-culture currency to the name was a 1985 comedy “Fletch” starring Chevy Chase as investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher. The movie gained a cult-following and is perhaps one of the most oft-quoted films of history. As far as surnames go, we think this one is a strong pick. It’s not very popular and it just sounds super cool. It’s just so much more original than overused surnames like Mason, Logan or Cooper.
Popularity of the Boy Name Fletcher
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Fletcher

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Fletcher

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Fletcher

    Fletcher We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Fletcher.

  • Popular Songs on Fletcher

    Popular Songs on Fletcher

    Black Jack Fletcher and Mississippi Sam - a song by Montgomery Gentry

    The Fletcher Memorial Home - a song by Pink Floyd

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Fletcher

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Fletcher

    A Hare-Raising Tale: A Fletcher Mystery (Elizabeth Levy) - Basset hound Fletcher and his flea pal, Jasper, are happy living with Fletcher's new owner Jill until Jill and her best friend Gwen take Fletcher to school for show-and-tell and the class's pet rabbit disappears. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (Julia Rawlinson) - As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise. Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out…Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas (Julia Rawlinson) - It's Christmas Eve, and the rabbits have moved to a new burrow. Fletcher is excited about celebrating the holiday with them, until he realizes…Santa Claus won't know where to deliver their presents! But after a cozy night of caroling and blackberry pie, Fletcher wakes to a snowy Christmas morning full of wonderful surprises. Get into the spirit of the season with Fletcher and friends! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms (Julia Rawlinson) - Fletcher loves everything about spring: listening to the birds sing, smelling just-opened flowers, and playing chase with butterflies. But then Fletcher sees something he never expected to see in spring: snow. Oh, no! But it turns out that spring has another surprise in store for Fletcher—a warm and wondrous one. Jump into spring with Fletcher and friends! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    How Fletcher Was Hatched (Wende & Harry Devlin) - Fletcher is a large hound dog with brown spots, and his mistress is a little girl named Alexandra. The trouble starts because Alexandra is interested in baby chicks - tiny, fluffy, yellow chick that say "Peep!" as they come out of their shells. Fletcher's water dish is empty. He hasn't had his ears scratched in days. "She's forgotten me," he decides, and mournfully he shuffles off to the park at the edge of town. Here Fletcher's good friends, Beaver and Otter, have the idea. Fletcher must hatch! Of course, Beaver is a master builder, and it's no trouble at all to build an egg around Fletcher. The egg is large and pink and speckled with brown, and it poses somewhat of a problem for the school principal, not to mention the science teacher. But young readers will delight in the hilarious climax, along with a little girl named Alexandra. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Principal's on the Roof: A Fletcher Mystery (Elizabeth Levy) - The principal of Jill and Gwen's school promised to spend the morning on the roof if the kids read one thousand books during their reading marathon -- and they did! Now he's on the roof, and he's going to read an original science fiction story Gwen wrote. But he could fall off the roof is he doesn't stop sneezing. Is it a coincidence that Gwen's story is about aliens who live on roofs and make humans sneeze? Fletcher knows that Gwen would never pull a dangerous practical joke just to make her story come try. But can he prove it before Gwen's in big trouble? Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Fletcher

    Famous People Named Fletcher

    Famous People Named Fletcher - Fletcher Christian (mutineer); Fletcher Henderson (Big Band jazz musician); Fletcher Bowron (former Los Angeles mayor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Fletcher

    Children of Famous People Named Fletcher

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Fletcher - Mia Farrow (actress); André Previn (composer/conductor)

  • Historic Figures

    Fletcher - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Fletcher Christian (25 Sep 1764 – 20 Sep 1793) - Fletcher Christian was the master’s mate on the Bounty under Captain William Bligh who led the mutiny of the ship on its voyage from Tahiti. Although historically factual, the story of Fletcher Christian and his mutiny has been romantically enhanced by Hollywood over the years, most particularly in the 1935 and 1962 versions of Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Clark Gable and Marlon Brando, respectively. The real Fletcher was born into a solidly middle class family, but when his father died when he was a small child, the family was plunged into financial straits. Fletcher managed to get a gentleman’s education in spite of it all (being a schoolmate of the young William Wordsworth), but it was most likely the need to earn a living that sent him to sea in 1787. By all accounts he was a worthy and responsible young seaman, if given to some depression and anxieties. He had served under Captain Bligh previously, and that gentleman, too, by all accounts, was liked and respected by his underlings. So, Hollywood notwithstanding, it was probably the strain of the return voyage, after an idyllic five month stay in Tahiti among the unencumbered-by-sexual-hangups Tahitians, that led to the mutiny. It does not seem to have been the case that a highly principled Fletcher Christian, champion of the underdog, bravely rallied his men and stood up to the evil, torturous and power-mad Captain Bligh. But what fun it that?! At any rate, Bligh and some of his loyalists were set adrift (miraculously surviving to tell the tale), while Fletcher Christian and his followers finally settled on Pitcairn Island. Fletcher’s end came rather ignobly, as well, as he most likely died as a result of the constant warring among the remaining seamen and the Tahitians they had essentially kidnapped. His Tahitian bride bore him three children, and survivors of Fletcher brag about their genesis to this day. Who can blame them if they see Clark Gable when they think of Grandpa Fletcher?

Personality of the Boy Name Fletcher

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Fletcher

  • No Variations Found.
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