Linsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Linsey 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 Linsey family

The surname Linsey 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]

Early History of the Linsey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linsey 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 Linsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Linsey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Linsey 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 Linsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Linsey family to Ireland

Some of the Linsey 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 Linsey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Linsey, aged 18, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Darby Linsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1656 [2]
  • Alexander Linsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • Onoris Linsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • Onory Linsey, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Linsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Linsey, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Edward Linsey, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Andrew Linsey, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [2]
Linsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Linsey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [2]
  • John Linsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1884 [2]

Canada Linsey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linsey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Linsey U.E. who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. William Linsey U.E., "Lindsay" who settled in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [3]
Linsey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Linsey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Thomas Linsey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Mary Linsey, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834


The Linsey 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.


  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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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