Linsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Linsley 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 Linsley family

The surname Linsley 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 Linsley family

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

Linsley Spelling Variations

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

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

Ireland Migration of the Linsley family to Ireland

Some of the Linsley 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 Linsley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Linsley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1718-1719 [2]
Linsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. H. Linsley, aged 47, who landed in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1897
  • Hierbiert Linsley, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1899
Linsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Madeline Linsley, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Carlisle, in 1903
  • Annie Linsley, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Charles L. Linsley, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Aggie Linsley, aged 22, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1906
  • Ellen Linsley, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Linsley (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Linsley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1820, 1826, 1828 [3]
  • Noah A. Linsley, American politician, Postmaster at West Meriden, Connecticut, 1849-53 [3]
  • Malachi Linsley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1835 [3]
  • Joel Linsley, American politician, U.S. Consul in Coaticook, 1897-98 [3]
  • Joel Linsley, American politician, Member of Vermont State Legislature [3]
  • I. T. Linsley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1910 [3]
  • Holly Linsley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [3]
  • Elijah Linsley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1827 [3]
  • Edward B. Linsley (b. 1847), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 6th District, 1905-08 [3]
  • Ebenezer Linsley Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1821-22 [3]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Linsley 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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