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

The name Singletary is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the village of Singleton found in the counties of Lancashire and Sussex. The surname Singletary is a habitation surname which was originally derived from pre-exiting names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The literal meaning of the surname Singletary is farm in the burnt clearing from the Old English word sengel.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Singletary were recorded, including Singleton, Singleturn, Shingleton and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Singletary research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1677, 1640, 1618 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Singletary History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Singletary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Singletary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Singletary family emigrate to North America:

Singletary Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Singletary, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637

Singletary Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Singletary, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1914
  • William Singletary, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • H. Singletary, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1920
  • William Singletary, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1921
  • H.B. Singletary, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1922

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  • Daryle Singletary (b. 1971), American country music singer
  • Mike Singletary (b. 1958), former American football player, and former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers
  • Otis A. Singletary (1921-2003), historian and university administrator 8th president of the University of Kentucky
  • Sean Singletary (b. 1985), American professional basketball player
  • Tony Singletary, American television director


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Singletary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Singletary 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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