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

The Lindsey family originally lived in the parish of Lindsay in the northern English county of Northumberland. Ealdric de Lindsay held estates in both Normandy and in Lincolnshire, England. He was a tenant of English estates for the Earl of Chester.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lindsay, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lindesey, Lindsey and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow where they were descended from Randolph Lord of Toeni who was banished by Duke William from Normandy in 1058 along with many other knights. He settled on the borders of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and erected a barony known as Linesi including Belvoir Castle. When the Duke of Normandy invaded England he was again forced to move and settled on the lands of Crawford in Lanarkshire Scotland. Earl David of Huntingdon then King David of Scotland confirmed the lands to the Clan in 1124.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindsey research. Another 549 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1340, 1513, 1483, 1513, 1618, 1659, 1652, 1722, 1552, 1598, 1597, 1598, 1679, 1737, 1788, 1713, 1652, 1722 and are included under the topic Early Lindsey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lindsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Lindsey who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • James Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1647
  • Margaret Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • Edmond Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Alce Lindsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661

Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Lindsey, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Alexander Lindsey, who arrived in New England in 1719
  • Donald Lindsey, who landed in New York in 1739

Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Lindsey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Thomas Lindsey, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Joseph Lindsey, aged 33, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • George Lindsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Moses Lindsey, aged 27, arrived in Tennessee in 1812

Lindsey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sam Lindsey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Lindsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Drummond Lindsey, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Lindsey, Canadian convict from St Johns, Newfoundland & Labrador, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


  • Hillary Lindsey, American singer-songwriter
  • David L. Lindsey (b. 1944), American novelist
  • Isaac Coleman Lindsey (1892-1968), American politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (1939-1940)
  • Adrian Hobart "Ad" Lindsey (1895-1980), American football player and coach
  • Brigadier-General Malcolm Fraser Lindsey (1891-1975), American Commanding General 3rd Service Command (1945-1946)
  • George Smith Lindsey (1935-2012), American actor, best known for his role as "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show and his roles in "Hee-Haw"
  • Lawrence B. Lindsey (b. 1954), American director of the National Economic Council (2001-2002)
  • Steven Wayne Lindsey (b. 1960), American Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, and Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from 2006 to 2009
  • Captain (USAF) Darrell Robins Lindsey (1919-1944), American bomber pilot awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Benjamin Barr Lindsey (1869-1943), American judge and social reformer



  • The Albermarle Lindseys (also Lindsay) and their Descendants by Gordon C. Jones.
  • The Descendants of 1. Thomas John Weston Lindsey (also Lindsay) and Mary Kaala Fay and The Descendants of 2. George Kynaston Lindsey (also Linday) by John Vincent Duey.
  • The Lindseys by Ferrell A. Brown.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Endure fort
Motto Translation: Endure with strength.


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  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Lindsey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lindsey 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.

This page was last modified on 28 September 2015 at 13:49.

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