Lemley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lemley family

The surname Lemley was first found in Durham where the first recorded ancestor was Liulph, who lived before the year 1080. [1] Great Lumley is a village south east of Chester-le-Street, near Lumley Castle.

"On a fine eminence, sloping to the eastern bank of the river Wear, stands the stately castle of Lumley, erected in the reign of Edward I. by Robert de Lumley, ancestor of the Earl of Scarborough. [2]

Ralph de Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley (c. 1360-1400), an English peer held Lumley Castle, a quadrangular castle built in 1389 after returning from wars in Scotland. However, he was implicated in a plot to overthrow King Henry IV, imprisoned and later executed, forfeiting his lands to the Earl of Somerset. But by 1421, his grandson Thomas managed to reclaim Lumley Castle. Today the restored castle is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in County Durham with the ghost of the wife of Ralph de Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley repeatly floating up from the well to haunt the castle. It is claimed that she was thrown down the well by two priests for rejecting the Catholic faith.

East Murton in Durham played an important part in the early family lineage. "The manor and vill were the property of the family of Lumley from an early date to the reign of Elizabeth; the ancient tenure is uniformly described to be by homage and fealty, in free and common socage." [2]

The township of Waldridge in Durham was home to another branch of the family. "This place was long the estate of the Lumleys, of whom John, Lord Lumley, alienated it to the Smith family in 1607; it has since passed through various families." [2]

Early History of the Lemley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lemley research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1384, 1360, 1400, 1450, 1429, 1450, 1650, 1721, 1533, 1609, 1537, 1578, 1686, 1740, 1685, 1710, 1708, 1710, 1658, 1722, 1692, 1717, 1704 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Lemley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lemley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lumley, Lumly and others.

Early Notables of the Lemley family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Ralph de Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley (c. 1360-1400), an English peer; and his son, Marmaduke Lumley (died 1450), an English priest, Bishop of Carlisle from 1429 to 1450; Richard Lumley, 1st Viscount Lumley; and his grandson, Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough (1650-1721), an English soldier and statesman who it is believed captured the Duke of Monmouth during the rebellion who was covered in a dry ditch covered with fern brakes; John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley (c. 1533-1609), an English aristocrat who is remembered...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lemley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Lemley family to Ireland

Some of the Lemley 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 and printed products wherever possible.

United States Lemley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lemley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Rowan Lemley, aged 5, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Fred'k. Charles Lemley, aged 34, who arrived in America from Camborne, England, in 1910
  • Hilda Lemley, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Wilson Lemley, aged 49, who arrived in Waynesburg, in 1923

Canada Lemley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lemley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charlotte Lemley, aged 49, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Lemley (post 1700) +

  • Robert S. Lemley, American politician, Mayor of Mansfield, Ohio, 1954
  • Gladys Lemley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2012
  • Dewey Lemley, American politician, Mayor of Lake Station, Indiana (1992-1996)
  • Harry Jacob Lemley (1883-1965), United States federal judge, Chief judge of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Arkansas (1948-1958)
  • John Smith Lemley (b. 1967), American early-afternoon music host at WABE (FM 90.1 Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Mark A. Lemley (b. 1966), American director of the Stanford University program in Law, Science & Technology, inductee into the IP Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Jim Lemley (b. 1965), American film and television producer, son of Jack Lemley
  • Jack K Lemley CBE, British Chairman of the United Kingdom Olympic Delivery Authority, owner and CEO of Lemley and Associates
  • Earl Lemley Core (1902-1984), American botanist and botanical educator, researcher and author, founder of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Club in 1936, eponym of the Earl L. Core Arboretum at WVU

The Lemley Motto +

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: Murus aeneus conscientia sana
Motto Translation: A sound conscience is a wall of brass.

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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