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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindley research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1599, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Lindley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Lindley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • Elizabeth Lindley settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
  • John Lindley landed in Pennsylvania in 1772

Lindley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Lindley settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1804
  • Caleb Lindley, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Thomas Lindley, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • George Lindley, who arrived in New York in 1847

  • Louis Lindley (1919-1983), original 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), English judge
  • John Lindley (1799-1865), English botanist and horticulturist
  • William Lindley (1808-1900), English engineer, who together with his sons designed water and sewerage systems for over 30 cities across Europe
  • Dennis Victor Lindley (1923-2013), British statistician, decision theorist and leading advocate of Bayesian statistics
  • Sir Arnold Lewis George Lindley, British Deputy Chairman, Motherwell Bridge Holdings

Lindley Historic Events

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

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

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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Lindley Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Lindley 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 27 March 2016 at 16:06.

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