Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. Fluh-an-er [key]
Other Forms FormsFlaneau, Flanneau, Flanet, Flanoel, Flaonet
This early occupational and mainly 'midlands' English surname, is actually of pre-medieval French origins. Introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066, it derives from the French word flaonet meaning a 'little flan', and described a maker of patisserie or pancakes.