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Where did the English Langley family come from? What is the English Langley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Langley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Langley family history?

The name Langley first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the region of Langley in five counties. Langley is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Langley has appeared include Langley, Langlee, Langleigh and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Some of the first records of the name were listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273: Thomas Langeleye in Oxford; Peter de Langlege in Wiltshire; and Ralph de Langleye in Kent. Langley Castle is a restored medieval tower house, now operated as an hotel, situated in the village of Langley in the valley of the River South Tyne, Northumberland. This castle was never held by the Langley family but is so named because of its proximity to the village. Langley Chapel is a 17th century Anglican parish church, located near Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Langley research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1341, 1402, 1363, 1437, 1386, 1404, 1548, 1602, 1595, 1596, 1611 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Langley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 223 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Langley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Langley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Langley arrived in North America very early:

Langley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Mr. Langley, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Sara Langley, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Langley, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Sarah Langley settled in Virginia in 1633 with her husband
  • Richard Langley, who landed in Virginia in 1637


Langley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Win Langley, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • James Langley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Richd Langley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • William Langley settled in Annapolis in 1722
  • Titus Langley, who arrived in America in 1760-1763


Langley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Langley, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Michael Langley, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Samuel Langley, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • David Langley settled in Barstable in 1822
  • Edward Langley, aged 50, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851


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  • Noel Langley (1911-1980), American motion picture screenwriter born in South Africa, probably best known for being one of the screenwriters for The Wizard of Oz
  • Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906), American astronomer and aeronautics pioneer
  • Scott Langley (b. 1989), American professional golfer
  • Elmo Harrell Langley (1928-1996), American NASCAR driver and owner
  • John Langley (b. 1943), American television and film director, writer, and producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of the television show COPS
  • John Wesley Langley (1868-1932), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • John Arthur "Art" Langley (1896-1967), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1924 Winter Olympics
  • John Newport Langley (1852-1925), English physiologist
  • Thomas Cardinal Langley (1363-1437), English dean of York, bishop of Durham (1406-1437), and Lord Chancellor of England, two times and to three kings (1405-07)
  • Jamie Langley (b. 1983), English professional rugby league footballer

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  • Genealogy of the Nicholson (also Langley) Sisters by Eileen E. Langley.
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The Langley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Langley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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