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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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The surname Langley was 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 Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Thomas Langeleye in Oxford; Peter de Langlege in Wiltshire; and Ralph de Langleye in Kent. [1] Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family since early times. "In the reign of Edward the Confessor, it formed part of the royal demesnes; and, after the Conquest, was granted by Henry I. to William, Earl Warren, with whose descendants it remained till the reign of Edward III., when, in default of issue male, it escheated to the crown, and was given by that monarch to his fifth son, Edmund de Langley, upon whom he conferred the title of Earl of Cambridge, and who, in the reign of Richard II., was for his important services created Duke of York." [2] Some of the family were found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Wykeham. "Wykeham Abbey, the seat of the Hon. Marmaduke Langley, who is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil, is a neat mansion, standing in a finely wooded park about a mile south of the village." [2] 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.

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.


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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 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 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 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


Langley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Langley, who arrived in Nava Scotia in 1749

Langley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Langley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Langley, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Langley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Warwick Langley, aged 25, a shepherd, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • William Langley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839


Langley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Peter Langley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • James Langley, aged 21, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Langley, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • James Henry Langley, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Walter Langley arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875


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  • John Arthur "Art" Langley (1896-1967), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1924 Winter Olympics
  • John Wesley Langley (1868-1932), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • 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
  • Elmo Harrell Langley (1928-1996), American NASCAR driver and owner
  • Scott Langley (b. 1989), American professional golfer
  • Isom P. Langley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1886, 1890, 1890
  • J. H. Langley, American politician, Justice of Oklahoma State Supreme Court, 1931; Resigned 1931
  • J. Leslie Langley, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 6th Ward, 1938
  • J. W. Langley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1868
  • James McLellan Langley (1894-1968), American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention, 1930; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention, 1938

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  • Genealogy of the Nicholson (also Langley) Sisters by Eileen E. Langley.
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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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