Lindsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Lindsey family originally lived in the parish of Lindsay in the northern English county of Northumberland. Ealdric de Lindsay held estates in both Normandy and in Lincolnshire, England. He was a tenant of English estates for the Earl of Chester.

Early Origins of the Lindsey family

The surname Lindsey was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow where they were descended from Randolph Lord of Toeni who was banished by Duke William from Normandy in 1058 along with many other knights.

He settled on the borders of Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and erected a barony known as Linesi including Belvoir Castle. When the Duke of Normandy invaded England he was again forced to move and settled on the lands of Crawford in Lanarkshire Scotland.

"The first of the name in Scotland is Sir Walter de Lindeseya, who appears as one of the witnesses in the Inquisitio of Earl David concerning the possessions and rights of the see of Glasgow in 1124. His great-grandson, Sir William de Lindeseia, was one of the hostages for King William the Lion, 1174," [1]

"Lord Lindsay tells us the the names Lindesay and Limesay are identical, both of them implying 'Isle of Lime-trees,' and are frequently interchanged, and applied to the same individuals in ancient public records and in the early transcripts of the Battle Abbey Roll." [2]

Early History of the Lindsey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lindsey research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1340, 1513, 1483, 1513, 1618, 1659, 1652, 1722, 1552, 1598, 1597, 1598, 1679, 1737, 1788, 1713, 1652, 1722, 1700, 1760, 1608, 1664, 1677, 1714, 1724, 1714 and 1292 are included under the topic Early Lindsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lindsey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lindsay, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lindesey, Lindsey and many more.

Early Notables of the Lindsey family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was John Lindsay, 6th Earl of Crawford (before 1483-1513), an Earl of Crawford; Alexander Lindsay, 2nd Lord Balcarres and 1st Earl of Balcarres (1618-1659), a Scottish nobleman; Colin Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres (1652-1722), a Scottish aristocrat and politician; John Lindsay of Balcarres (1552-1598), Lord Menmuir, Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, 1597-1598; William Lindsay of Dovehill (died 1679), a Scottish Presbyterian minister serving in Perth, Scotland; Sir John Lindsay (1737-1788), a British naval officer; John Lindsay, 19th Earl of Crawford and...
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lindsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lindsey Ranking

In the United States, the name Lindsey is the 411st most popular surname with an estimated 67,149 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Lindsey family to Ireland

Some of the Lindsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 278 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Lindsey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniel Lindsey who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • James Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1647 [4]
  • Margaret Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [4]
  • Edmond Lindsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1656 [4]
  • Alce Lindsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Lindsey, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [4]
  • Alexander Lindsey, who arrived in New England in 1719 [4]
  • Donald Lindsey, who landed in New York in 1739 [4]
Lindsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Lindsey, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • Thomas Lindsey, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803 [4]
  • Joseph Lindsey, aged 33, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [4]
  • George Lindsey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [4]
  • Moses Lindsey, aged 27, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lindsey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lindsey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sam Lindsey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Lindsey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lindsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Lindsey, British Convict who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Drummond Lindsey, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Lindsey, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • John Lindsey, Canadian convict from St Johns, Newfoundland & Labrador, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mr. John Lindsey, (b. 1817), aged 34, English farmer who was convicted in Swaffam, Norfolk, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lindsey (post 1700) +

  • Hillary Lindsey, American singer-songwriter
  • David L. Lindsey (b. 1944), American novelist
  • Isaac Coleman Lindsey (1892-1968), American politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (1939-1940)
  • Adrian Hobart "Ad" Lindsey (1895-1980), American football player and coach
  • Brigadier-General Malcolm Fraser Lindsey (1891-1975), American Commanding General 3rd Service Command (1945-1946) [10]
  • George Smith Lindsey (1935-2012), American actor, best known for his role as "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show and his roles in "Hee-Haw"
  • Lawrence B. Lindsey (b. 1954), American director of the National Economic Council (2001-2002) [11]
  • Steven Wayne Lindsey (b. 1960), American Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, and Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from 2006 to 2009 [12]
  • Captain (USAF) Darrell Robins Lindsey (1919-1944), American bomber pilot awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 [13]
  • Benjamin Barr Lindsey (1869-1943), American judge and social reformer
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Jack L. Lindsey, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]

The Lindsey 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: Endure fort
Motto Translation: Endure with strength.

Suggested Readings for the name Lindsey +

  • The Albermarle Lindseys (also Lindsay) and their Descendants by Gordon C. Jones.
  • The Descendants of 1. Thomas John Weston Lindsey (also Lindsay) and Mary Kaala Fay and The Descendants of 2. George Kynaston Lindsey (also Linday) by John Vincent Duey.
  • The Lindseys by Ferrell A. Brown.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
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  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Malcolm Lindsey. Retrieved from
  11. ^ Lawrence Lindsey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Lawrence Lindsey. Retrieved from
  12. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Steven Lindsey. Retrieved from
  13. ^ Darrell Lindsey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Darrell Lindsey. Retrieved from
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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