Lynlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Lynlay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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 Lynlay is occasionally derived from residence near a limewood or in a clearing where flax was grown. The surname Lynlay 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 Lynlay family
The surname Lynlay 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. 
"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.  
The first record of the family found early rolls was Robert de Linleye who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Bedfordshire.  In Somerset, Augustin Lynleye, was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first years of King Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Lynlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynlay 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 Lynlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lynlay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lynlay include Lindlie, Lindly, Lindley, Lindleigh, Lindlee, Lyndley, Lyndly, Lyndlee and many more.
Early Notables of the Lynlay 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...
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Migration of the Lynlay family to Ireland
Some of the Lynlay 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.
Migration of the Lynlay family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lynlay or a variant listed above: Thomas Lindly who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716; followed by Jacob in 1822; John Lindley landed in Pennsylvania in 1772; Elizabeth Lindley settled in Charles Town, S.C in 1767.
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- Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
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- 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.