Legresley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Legresley family

The surname Legresley was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Albert Greslet was listed as holding lands in Cheshire. [1]

Robertus Greslatus was listed in Lancashire in 1127, Robert Greslet in the Pipe Rolls for Yorskhire in 1130, Robert Greilli in Bedfordshire from 1133-1160, and Alexander Grisle was listed in Winton, Hampshire in 1148. Albert

Gresley, Gresle was listed in Norfolk 1153-1168 and later in Lancashire in Pipe Rolls of 1182. Robert Gresle, de Gredlei was registered in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire 1196-1197 and Gredlei was listed in the same county in 1200. Robert Gresle, Grelle, de Grellay, Gredlegh was found in the Feet of Fines for Lancashire, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire in 1212. "Greasley and Gresley are also local in origin, from Greasley (Notts) and Gresley (Derby), pronounced Greasley." [2]

There are two possible origins of the name. First, the name is derived from the Old French word "greslet" which roughly translates as "marked as by hail," or "pitted or pock-marked"; [2] and secondly it meant "dweller at the Grey Lea from the Old English grœg + leáh (Middle English ley.)" [3]

Two other sources note that the name is a local name that "probably [originated] in co. Rutland, as De Greley and De Greyley are found there in H.R. [(Hundredorum Rolls)] temp. Edw. I." [4]

And the second source provides more details about the Hundredorum Rolls entries, specifically entries for Thomas de Greyley, Rutland, and Albricus de Greyleye, Rutland. Robert de Greyle from Cambridgeshire was also listed there. [5]

Robert Greyleg, was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III. [6]

Early History of the Legresley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Legresley research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1271, 1295, 1674, 1198, 1204, 1130, 1614, 1654, 1634 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Legresley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Legresley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Greely, Greeley, Grailly, de Grailly, Greyle, Greelie and many more.

Early Notables of the Legresley family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Grayle or Graile (1614-1654), English Puritan minister, the son of John Grayle, priest, of Stone, Gloucestershire, where he...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Legresley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Legresley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Legresley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Legresley, aged 38, originally from Southampton, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Annie Legresley, aged 28, originally from Southampton, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [8]
Legresley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Morris W. Le Gresley, aged 18, originally from Jersey, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [9]

Australia Legresley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Legresley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Philippe LeGresley, British convict from Jersey, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Legresley (post 1700) +

  • Karen LeGresley (b. 1951), Canadian swimmer at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Bernard Edgar LeGresley (1940-2007), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (1978-1982)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXC5-G68 : 6 December 2014), Peter Legresley, 13 Sep 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXC5-G6D : 6 December 2014), Annie Legresley, 13 Sep 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFZL-D46 : 6 December 2014), Morris W. Le Gresley, 25 Mar 1906; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843


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