Lindley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lindley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in either of the settlements called Linley in Shropshire or Wiltshire, or in one of the places called Lindley in Leicestershire or the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lindley is occasionally derived from residence near a limewood or in a clearing where flax was grown. The surname Lindley belongs to both the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Lindley family

The surname Lindley was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lindley family

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Lindley Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lindley family name include Lindlie, Lindly, Lindley, Lindleigh, Lindlee, Lyndley, Lyndly, Lyndlee and many more.

Early Notables of the Lindley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lindley family to Ireland

Some of the Lindley 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 Lindley migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lindley surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Lindley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Lindley, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Elizabeth Lindley, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • John Lindley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772
Lindley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Lindley, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Caleb Lindley, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • Thomas Lindley, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
  • George Lindley, who arrived in New York in 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lindley (post 1700) +

  • Earl Lindley (1933-2012), American CFL professional football player from Wellsville, Utah; he played for the Edmonton Eskimoes (1954-1957), inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1986
  • David Lindley (b. 1944), American guitarist who founded the band El Rayo-X
  • Butch Lindley (1948-1990), American NASCAR racer, Champion of the NASCAR National Sportsman series (1977-1978)
  • Audra Lindley (1918-1997), American actress, best known for her role as landlady Helen Roper on the sitcom Three's Company
  • Alfred Lindley (1904-1951), American lawyer and gold medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Louis Lindley (1919-1983), birth name of Slim Pickens, American film and television actor, best remembered for his comic role as Major King Kong, the pilot who rode a nucleur bomb to it's target in Dr. Strangelove
  • Audra Lindley (1923-1997), American actress
  • Nathaniel Lindley (1828-1921), Baron Lindley, English jurist, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1900-1905), Master of the Rolls (1897-1900)
  • William Lindley (1808-1900), English engineer from London who designed water and sewerage systems for over 30 cities across Europe
  • Richard "Dick" Lindley, English professional footballer who played for Burnley, Bradford City and Coventry City (1920-1921)
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Harry Lindley, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Toledo, Ohio, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [2]

Suggested Readings for the name Lindley +

  • 2785 Jacob Marion Lindley by Miliam Myrl Ewing, The Lindlys (also Lindley) and Allied Families by Horace Lindly.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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