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 at Lindley cum Quarmby, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Huddersfield, Upper division of the wapentake of Agbrigg. [1]

"The name is derived from Lindley, Yorkshire, which was held (13th cent.) from Roger de Mowbray by knight service, by William de Rodeville or Rudeville, of Normandy. [2] [3]

The first record of the family found early rolls was Robert de Linleye who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Bedfordshire. [4] In Somerset, Augustin Lynleye, was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first years of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Lindley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindley research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1570, 1609, 1599, 1732, 1795, 1732, 1771, 1835, 1799, 1865, 1799 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Lindley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Henry Lindley (d. 1609), of Leatherly, Yorkshire, knighted at Offaley on 30 July 1599. He was the third son of Laurence Lindley of Leathley by Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Redman of Harewood Castle. Thomas Linley, the Elder (1732-1795), was an early English musical composer, born at Wells in 1732, and was the son of a carpenter. "Being sent on one occasion to execute some carpentering work at Badminton, the seat of the Duke of Beaufort, he derived such pleasure from listening to the playing and singing of Thomas Chilcot, the organist of Bath Abbey Church...
Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lindley Ranking

In the United States, the name Lindley is the 3,005th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [6]

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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • Thomas Lindley, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [7]
  • George Lindley, who arrived in New York in 1847 [7]

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 11 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 [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Lindley +

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

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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