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

The name Lindley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in either of the settlements called Linley in Shropshire or Wiltshire, or in one of the places called Lindley in Leicestershire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lindley is occasionally derived from residence near a limewood or in a clearing where flax was grown. The surname Lindley belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lindley family name include Lindlie, Lindly, Lindley, Lindleigh, Lindlee, Lyndley, Lyndly, Lyndlee and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindley research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1599, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Lindley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lindley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lindley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Lindley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Lindley, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Elizabeth Lindley settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • John Lindley landed in Pennsylvania in 1772

Lindley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Lindley settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Caleb Lindley, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Thomas Lindley, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • George Lindley, who arrived in New York in 1847

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  • Audra Lindley (1923-1997), American actress
  • Louis Lindley (1919-1983), original name of Slim Pickens, American film and television actor, best remembered for his comic role as Major King Kong, the pilot who rode a nucleur bomb to it's target in Dr. Strangelove
  • William Lindley (1808-1900), English engineer, who together with his sons designed water and sewerage systems for over 30 cities across Europe
  • John Lindley (1799-1865), English botanist and horticulturist
  • Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), English judge
  • Sir Arnold Lewis George Lindley, British Deputy Chairman, Motherwell Bridge Holdings
  • Dennis Victor Lindley (1923-2013), British statistician, decision theorist and leading advocate of Bayesian statistics


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  • Jacob Marion Lindley by Miliam Myrl Ewing.
  • The Lindlys (also Lindley) and Allied Families by Horace Lindly.
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  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Lindley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lindley 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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