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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Penley, Penleigh, Penlegh, Penly, Penlie, Penlay and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when William Penley held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penley research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Penley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Penley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Penley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Penley, who landed in Maryland in 1637-1640
  • John Penley, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

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  2. 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).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Penley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penley 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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