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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.
Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Lindley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Lindley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.
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